STEM Sunday is a free, drop-in, challenge-based experience that encourages families to engage in the engineering and design process used when creating new spaces for animals. Emphasis is on the process rather than the product. Projects are not “take-home,” but may include a take-home element. Projects are for all ages, targeted for families with children ages 5 and up through teens. Specialized skills are not generally needed, and children as young as kindergarten can participate.
Projects are designed to encourage:
- Team-work and communication. Adults and children work together in brainstorming ideas and solutions and in creating the project.
- Hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration.
- Trouble-shooting and problem solving. Families need to “tinker” with their project to successfully complete it.
- Redesigning. Families need to redesign to successfully achieve the goal, demonstrating that “failure” is a necessary part of the learning process. This is also an important part of the engineering and design cycle.
- Creativity. Projects are open-ended and have multiple solutions.
- Engagement. Families also given optional additional challenges to further engage in the project and the process.
Sundays at 1:00 p.m.