Bug List

What does it mean to define a challenge or problem?

30 min

Outcome(s): At the end of this lesson, learners will see how engineering solutions begin with defining a problem or challenge.


  • Journal
  • Journal Prompt

Teaching the Lesson:

1. Launch

Objective: After listening to the story, If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen, the learners will engage in discussion on how things that bugged Jack in his house led to his new inventions.

2. Explore

Objectives: Learners develop a “bug list” of 10 things that bug them at their home, classroom, or anywhere, share their list with classmates, and then select the top one they think might lead to a cool invention.

3. Summarize

Objective: Learners will engage in whole class discussion on where inventors and engineers find inspiration for challenges.