• Strategy: Supporting Youth Development Through STEM
  • Skill: Connecting to Prior Knowledge & Experiences

Presenting A Challenge

Watch as staff engages youth in an engineering design challenge to build their own roller coaster. Notice how staff connect the challenge to youth's feelings and experiences with roller coasters.


Video-Based Learning Module

As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

  • What does the facilitator do to ensure that all youth have some prior knowledge before beginning the design challenge?
  • How does the facilitator learn about youth’s prior knowledge and experiences with roller coasters?
  • What are some other ways you could introduce a roller coaster design challenge?

Now that you've watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses

  • What can make connecting to prior knowledge and experiences more difficult when doing a design challenge activity?
  • Why is it important to go over instructions when doing a design challenge? ¬†How can that influence youth engagement?