Creativity, innovative thinking, teamwork, resilience. These are just a few of the skills students develop in engineering-focused STEM lessons. Engineering is about more than analyzing a set of predicted results—instead, it asks kids to critically observe the world and solve the problems they find.

Engineering tasks differ from science experiments in a few key ways. Both scientists and engineers observe and ask questions, but then their goals diverge. Scientists are looking for logical explanations to back up their observations; engineers use their observations to identify problems or needs that aren’t being met—and then they create solutions.

We chose nine engineering lessons from Scholastic’s award-winning SuperScience and Science World magazines that exemplified the type of open-ended projects that push learning to the next level. Our favorite part of these lessons? There is no single “correct” answer, so your students can explore, investigate, and explain their own unique outcomes!