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Guides to implementing design challenges in the science and CTE classroom


These TEKS-aligned teacher resources:

  • provide background knowledge on concepts;
  • offer the opportunity to practice skills related to collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking;
  • support the development of time management, adaptability, and innovative thinking;
  • connect to careers and real-world content applications;
  • outline the basic components of a STEM classroom;
  • present guidance on how to use an engineering notebook; and
  • scaffold the engineering design process using facilitation questions and sentence stems.
All of these foundational pieces support student growth and achievement to successfully complete design challenges.
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Grades K-2 Grades 3-5
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Grades 6-8 - NEW! Grades 9-12 - NEW!


Design challenges encourage students to think about real-world issues and how students would solve them using available tools and materials. Some challenges even include a budget component. Each challenge is aligned to the TEKS, which are listed in the teacher guide portion of the challenge. The appendix sections provide more information and tips about implementing critical skills, setting up engineering notebooks, and establishing student expectations and roles. The appendices also include reproducible masters and sample rubrics.
Digital access to downloadable content, including the product and accompanying suggested resources, is provided through with a user license set up at time of purchase.
STEMulating Design Challenges in Science
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Upcoming Workshops



Date Time Session Title Virtual F-to-F
November 2 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fostering STEM Thinking in the Classroom   X
November 4-5 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. STEMulating Design Challenges for Grades K-5   X
November 30 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Getting STEM Ready   X
January 19, 2022 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fostering STEM Thinking in the Classroom X  
January 25. 2022 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. STEMulating Design Challenges in Science for Grades K-5   X
February 15-16, 2022 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. K-12 Statewide STEM Leadership Training   X






STEMulating Design Challenges in Science, Grades 6-8

October 27–28, 2021  |  8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.  (Face-to-face session at Region 4 Conference Center) 

Explore ways to implement TEKS-aligned design challenges in a middle school science classroom. Experience using the engineering design process to address design challenges that support student growth and success in the classroom and beyond. Participants will receive a copy of STEMulating Design Challenges in Science, Grades 6-8 as well as a license for digital access. Learn more and register here.



View the full calendar of Science workshops available from Region 4 Science here.  For customized professional development, e-mail

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