Welcome to TVO’s mPower! In this video, we are highlighting one of our creative online Grade 3 STEM Design Challenges.
In this game, players learn about different plant types as they sow and harvest a garden. They develop their knowledge of Science, specifically, Growth and Changes in Plants, by creating a garden that will provide fresh food for the growing town.
Players apply what they learned about area and perimeter and angles when planning their community garden. They learn that plants grow and change and have distinct characteristics.
[Game Sound]: Tap the garden to plant. Pay close attention to the crops needs. Tap done placing when you're finished.
Players are presented with a garden area for their planted crops, a turn counter, cards that list planting criteria and a score box.
Players can drag and drop Crop Cards onto available space on the garden to determine the area or perimeter for planting. Each card notes a specific plant’s needs.
Players can also drag and drop Technology Cards, such as irrigation or fertilizer cards, onto an open area of the garden to improve growing conditions.
After players complete this STEM Design Challenge, they are invited to save their final scores in My Gallery. They are prompted to write a short reflection on the their learning. Players may comment on what they did well, what challenged them, what they would do differently next time or what they learned.
Players are then presented with the STEM Maker Challenge, Get Growing! and are challenged to design and build a solution to meet a plant’s needs. This offers an opportunity for players to apply problem-solving, creativity, and innovation to a hands-on challenge!
By the end of the game, students should be able to:
- apply knowledge of area and perimeter and angles when planning gardens;
- understand that plants grow and change and have distinct characteristics; and
- understand that characteristics of plants relate to the environment in which they grow.
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