Persist and Learn from Failure

Learn how engineers learn from failure to revise and improve the designs. This requires perseverance and improving through multiple iterations.

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Learning Blast: Persist and Learn from Failure

Failure is an important part of engineering and plays a critical role in solving problems.


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Testing Explanations of Cause and Effect

Staff use purposeful questions to help youth build on what they know and dig deeper to develop their own understanding of cause and effect.

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Design a Grape Smasher

Staff support active learning as learners devise a plan to smash a grape using simple machines and explore the different materials available.

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Learning from Failure

Lemond uses questions to help youth learn from failure during an engineering design challenge.

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Using Questions for Many Purposes

Watch an experienced frontline staff member, Katie, use purposeful questions to encourage youth to think deeply about their STEM learning experience.

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Developing Skills Needed for Active STEM Learning

Participants learn how to engage youth in active STEM learning by providing opportunities to investigate and explore the properties of materials.

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Stories of Failure

Participants will identify their role and attitude towards failure and discuss strategies for creating an environment where failure feels okay.

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Learning To Fail

See how staff help youth learn from their failed attempts to build a grape smasher and help them revise and improve the designs.

Want to learn more about another practice for developing an engineering mindset?

Check out the resources available for Evaluate and Iterate.

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