October 03, 2018
ITEEA's Elementary STEM Council's Innovative Grand Design Challenge!
The winning Challenge earns a one-year I-STEM Education Group Membership as well as one free hotel night in Kansas City, AND a spot in ITEEA's STEM Showcase!
In 2008, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) identified 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. The Grand Challenges were designed to cause students and educators to think about solutions to the big challenges affecting all of our lives. It’s now time for elementary-aged students to get in on the action and show the world that they can solve big STEM design problems as well. ITEEA's Elementary STEM Council is sponsoring the Global Design Challenge for Elementary STEM (GDC) to provide students with a chance to solve a real problem and show the world that everyone can help find solutions to these global challenges.
Elementary STEM students from around the world will work in small design teams to solve the GDC outlined below. As students attempt to solve the GDC, the elementary classroom teacher will document the process with a simple portfolio that describes the problem-solving process, the products developed, results of product testing, as well as the final product presentations. Photos and descriptions of proposed solutions will be posted on the ITEEA Elementary STEM Council Facebook page and ultimately, the team with the most elegant solution to the GDC will be provided an opportunity to present their solution at the STEM Showcase at ITEEA's 81st Conference in Kansas City, MO, March 27-30, 2019. This team will also be featured in the May 2019 issue of The Elementary STEM Journal (formerly Children’s Technology and Engineering).
The Global Design Challenge
Two of the original Grand Challenges (NAE, 2008), called for engineers to 1) design new tools for scientific discovery; and, 2) engineer better medicines. Just type the words “grand challenges” into your Internet browser for more information about these challenges. This Global Design Challenge calls on you and your team to develop a product that might partially solve both of these grand challenges.
Most doctors and parents agree that getting kids to take necessary medicine can be a real challenge. If the child doesn’t like the way the medicine is administered, is uncomfortable, or doesn’t like the taste of the medicine, giving required medicine can be a daily struggle for parents and children. Anthony de Mello tells a story about a man who began to give large doses of cod-liver oil to his dog because he had been told that it was good for it. Each day he would hold the head of the protesting dog between his knees, force its jaws open, and pour the liquid down its throat. One day the dog broke loose and spilled the oil on the floor. Then to the man's great surprise, the dog licked the oil from the floor and the spoon. That’s when he discovered that what the dog had been fighting was not the oil, but his method of administering it.
Design Challenge Outline:
“Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down,” according to the beloved nanny Mary Poppins! Have your students work in small design teams to solve the innovative challenge of how to administer liquid medicine for young children.
Can you work as a member of a small design team to develop a better product or tool that can be used to give small children doses of liquid medicine?
To the Teacher:
Anthony de Mello. Dog and the Cod Liver Oil. http://www.spiritual-short-stories.com/spiritual- short- story-372-Dog+and+the+Cod+Liver+Oil.html#sthash.QnqL94N2. dpuf. Downloaded on March 14, 2016.
U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Grand Challenges. http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/ GrandChallengeScholarsP rogram.aspx. Downloaded on March 14, 2016.
The Winning Team's Teacher Will Receive:
Includes Principal (or Designee) and all teachers/staff within each building, each of whom will each receive on a regular basis throughout the year:
Entire Faculty Membership Benefits include:
Questions can be directed to Michael Daugherty, firstname.lastname@example.org, Virginia Jones, email@example.com, or Thomas Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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