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Published on Oct 31, 2012
Matt Jensen runs an afterschool club at Seattle's Lafayette Elementary, called ""LaSER"": Lafayette Science, Engineering, & Robotics. While everyone's heard of STEM education, the "Engineering" often gets left out, even though it's what really engages the kids! Matt is developing an approach that concretely shows kids how to think like an engineer. It's called STICK: Simplicity, Trade-offs, Iteration, Constraints, and "Keep moving forward".
Through cool projects like 3D printing, laser cutting, and robotics, the kids are internalizing those STICK concepts. In this Ignite Talk, Matt also shares how we juggle limited equipment among 16 kids, and how you can help your own kids develop an engineering mindset.