Set of 10 STEM specs (pixel design with mixed coloured arms)
It's important to make some types of thinking explicit to students to help them recognise how this thinking is different and how they might develop this skill. This might include disciplinary knowledge that underpins a deeper understanding of D&T, such as 'thinking like a desiger', thinking around STEM and innovation, or thinking about more challenging concepts, such as sustainatibility, circular economy and climate change. This might also include learners understanding how they can access higher level thinking skills and deeper learning e.g. skills of reasoning, analysis, evaluation, and decision making.
- We use these novelty glasses with a pixel design as 'STEM specs' on some of our courses as a fun way of flagging up STEM and innovative thinking but they could be used to flag up any type of higher level thinking. They can be worn by the teacher or by students, or simply held up or clipped onto a board to draw attention to the thinking taking place. The aim would be that eventually the term 'STEM specs' (or whatever the teacher calls the glasses) can be used as a verbal prompt to get students thinking in a particular way. This might also be a useful technique in an exam, where students might use 'STEM spec thinking' to help them approach certain types of higher level exam questions.
- The glasses have a pixel design with plastic frames that have no lenses and with different coloured arms. They are sized for teenagers or adults.
- The set consists of 10 glasses - 2 with black frames and arms and 8 with black fronts and mixed coloured arms (2 blue, 2 red, 2 pink, 2 white).