On Citizen IBM, Dr. Margaret Honey, President and CEO of the New York Hall of Science, discusses how design-based learning can be used to engage students with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. When participating in design-based learning activities students have opportunities to use higher-order thinking-skills to plan, model, and test solutions to problems in interdisciplinary ways. Design-based learning encourages students use a variety of tools to solve real-world problems that are relevant to their lives, generating both motivation and excitement. For a variety of design-based lessons and teacher resources check out the new partner-developed resource Teachers TryScience and the Lesson Plans section of TryEngineering.org.
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