Developing STEM competencies
through Inquiry Based Learning
4H Power of Wind Project
3M Provided a Grant for a Multi
State Power of Wind Project
Youth DISCOVER how Turbines
generate electricity through
HANDS –ON EXPERIENCE
Wind Power Expertise Needed…
The explosion of knowledge has
made educators realize that
they just can’t “know it all”; no
Effective teaching models today
assume the approach of the
“guide on the side” rather than
the “sage on the stage”.
Your job is not to “know it all” but
rather to set up a good learning
experience for kids.
INQUIRY BASED LEARNING
Inquiry Learning = Discovery!
In inquiry-based learning, youth build
understanding through active
exploration and questioning.
The key to Inquiry Learning:
◦ YOUTH seek answers to questions rather
than being given answers.
◦ ADULTS FACILITATE the learning
process and not simply disseminate
So what do we tell them?
Any safety-related information (the
“discovery method” is not the best way
to learn safety)
To try things
To talk to others (including experts)
Respond with a question when
Provide hints if needed