Grade 7 students investigate “mystery box” in STEM activity

This week, grade seven Middle School students conducted a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity that involved determining the contents of a “mystery box” without opening it.

The 7th graders used evidence based on research of four mystery boxes to generate theories about what might be inside them. The aim of the activity was to demonstrate to students the creative, imaginative and social aspects of science, and how science is a way of thinking, asking questions and observing the world around us.

“It was not so much about what was inside the box, rather about the processes, skills used, communication and teamwork needed to discover what the contents were,” said Middle School science teacher Gamze Pultz. “Through this activity, they explored how scientists work and think to make discoveries and advance science.”

Students learned that STEM subjects are something that everyone can get involved in, and that they teach skills that can be useful and transferable in different areas of life as well as future careers.

  • Middle School
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • STEM