Second Grade STEM Challenge:  Construct a Balcony

During a recent Second Grade STEM class, the students were given a challenge to construct a building with a balcony.  STEM is a learning approach that integrates the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Students learned the steps in the engineering design process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve.  During each challenge/mission, they use different materials to create a solution.  Through STEM, students develop skills including creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, initiative, communication, and independent thinking.  Check out the photos below to view these second graders hard at work: