STEAM | Growth mindset | Design thinking

Sample Lesson: You are on a mission!

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Lesson Objectives: At the end of this lesson, children will be able to:

  1. Recognize 4 steps of the Stanford design thinking process
  2. Explain the 2 paths you can take when you encounter an obstacle


Grades: 1-3

Program Information

Program Description: Imagineerz@School is a series of 10 video lessons that use hands-on STEAM challenges to help K-5 students develop a growth mindset and learn design thinking.

Mode: Can be run online or in the classroom

Grades: K-5

Running the Sample Lesson in your classroom

Click the 4 dots below to see the 4 steps

Step 1: Gather materials

  • Scissors (1 scissor per 2-3 children)
  • Tape (1 roll per 2-3 children)


  • Construction Paper (3-5 pieces per child)
  • Craft Sticks (3-5 sticks per child)
  • Recycled Cereal Boxes (1 box per 2-3 children – file folders are a fine substitute).

Important: You do not need to give each child their own set of materials. Just lay out all the materials and let children select what they would like to use – the video will tell them how many they can use.

Step 2: Play Opening Video**

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Important: Ensure you are Tech Ready:

    1. A working projector
    2. Adequately loud speakers and
    3. Computer plugged into a power source.



Step 3: Facilitate Building 

  • Ensure children know where to find materials and set a 45 minute timer for building.


  • While kids are building, the room will get messy; but don’t worry! Clean up is an integral part of the closing video.


  • If a child encounters a problem while building, resist the urge to help or provide a solution. Ask questions that will guide the child towards their own solution such as, “Why do you think the animal keeps falling over? What other materials might be suitable for the legs?”

Step 4: Play Closing Video** 

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Pacing Guide

Budget 1 hr 15 minutes for this lesson.

If a straight 75 minutes does not fit your teaching schedule or if you are running the lesson online, here’s a pacing guide with suggestions on how to break the lesson into smaller segments.

Next Steps

This is the first lesson of a series of 10 video lessons that can be run in-person or online in Grades 1, 2 or 3. 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!

What educators say about our program

“The skills imagineerz develops is very much what we as teachers would love to foster all day long in our kids – problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration.”

– Carol Braunstein

Teacher, 1st grade

“The students really took to heart the ideas of Growth Mindset and the  idea of yet and it was really cool to see the kids incorporate some of the Imagineerz language.”

– Nick Prychodko

Principal, De Vargas School

“The program was really easy to implement because the videos were really self-explanatory and they guided the students and the teacher along some really important steps…

…establishing background knowledge, establishing routines, and also there were some awesome great embedded assessments – both formative and summative.

– Megan Heffernan

Teacher, 5th grade

The students are learning about Design Thinking and simple machines and doing these tasks that are actually really difficult for them to solve so they’re having fun problem solving and being creative

…I wish I could come up with these creative tasks myself and write the lessons, but Imagineerz does a fantastic job of it and and all I have to do is press play.”

– Haley Libuit

Teacher, 4th/5th combo