Sample Lesson: Superhero Metropolis Lesson One

Program Information

Program: STEAM meets Mindset

Module 1: Superhero Metropolis (10 video lessons that each introduce a STEAM-based Makerspace challenge, the Stanford Design Thinking process and Growth Mindset concepts )

Grades: K-3

Module Objectives:

  1. Internalize a Growth mindset by:
    1. Designing creative solutions to a given challenge using the Stanford Design Thinking process
    2. Viewing failures/obstacles as learning opportunities and using the i-Can! Problem solving methodology to overcome obstacles in their way 
    3. Experiencing how problems can be solved through hard work and good strategies
  1. Incorporate the following STEAM Concept(s)s in their creations:
    1. Structural Symmetry and Balance
    2. Truss Structures and Strength
    3. Strong Foundations and Height
    4. Designing for Hazards and Critical Failure

Sample Lesson

This lesson below is the first lesson of a series of 10 video lessons that can be run in-person or online in Grades K, 1, 2 or 3. You can run this sample lesson for free with your class.

Budget 1 hr 15 minutes for this lesson and complete the 4 steps below to run this lesson. Enjoy!

1) Set up 

    1. Set out these Materials OR if running the lesson online, have parents put  together these materials for their child:
        1. Tape 
        2. Scissors
        3. Construction Paper (3-5 pieces per child)
        4. Craft Sticks (3-5 sticks per child)
        5. Donated Card (Cereal Boxes, Egg cartons, Paper Towel Rolls, etc…- 3-5 pieces total per child) – Note: NOT cardboard, just card
  1.         2. Ensure you are Tech Ready: Test the projector, ensure that you have adequately loud speakers, and plug the computer into a power source.

2) Play Open Video (15 minutes)









3) Facilitate Building Time (45 minutes)

  1. Once the Open Video is done, ensure children know where to find materials and then set a 45 minute timer for building. At the end of the 45 minutes, play the Close Video.
  2. While kids are building, the room will get messy; embrace the mess that comes with creativity. Not to worry! We take care of clean up facilitation in the close video.
  3. If a child comes across a problem while building, resist the urge to help or provide a solution. In order to develop a Growth Mindset, it is crucial for children to learn to solve their own problems. When they ask you a question, – answer with a question that will help them come up with their own solutions. For example, why do you think the animal keeps falling over? What other material might be a more suitable one for the legs?

At the end of the 45 minutes, play the Close video.

4) Play Close Video (15 minutes)









Next Steps

This is the first lesson of a series of 10 video lessons that can be run in-person or online. If you enjoyed running this lesson, check out and purchase the rest of the lessons.

As Design Thinkers, we are constantly looking to get feedback, iterate and improve. If you could please take 5 minutes to let us know what you thought of the sample lesson, we would really appreciate it!