Social Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical to helping students practice empathy, improve interpersonal skills, regulate emotions, and develop healthy identities.
These user-centered design activities invite students to consider the needs of others. Students explore concepts around empathy and inclusion while developing design thinking skills.
Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.
Design for All: Face Masks for Friends
Play the role of a face mask product designer, identifying a user (family member or favorite toy) and getting to know their individual needs. Then create a design concept for a face mask.
Activity: 30 minutes
Collaboration: Blue Sky Analytics
Use this video and prompt to spark engagement: Blue Sky Analytics is a company created by siblings Abhilasha and Kshitij, who each have different skills but work together to combat climate change. How can you work together with others to create something great?
Design for All Imagining Inventions
Learn about a fictional person, brainstorm some solutions to a problem they face, and create a concept sketch of a future thinking design idea.
Lesson: 30 minutes
Teams brainstorm and conceptualize a device that expands.
Activity: 60 minutes
Students will practice their interview skills by pitching an ordinary Earth item to a panel of alien investors. Groups will take turns acting as both the design team and the panel as they build skills in giving and receiving feedback.
Lesson: 120 minutes (Two 60 minute sessions)
Reflect on the stories of a diverse set of role models through the Scientist Stories video series in our Solve For Earth exhibition. Students will explore their preconceived notions of scientists, connect with science careers and recognize the qualities they share with scientists.
Lesson: 60 minutes