STEMpathy Boxes for Counseling

I love incorporating STEM into my counseling lessons, and it’s so easy to do when we talk about the importance of empathy in the design process! However, I usually bring a big bucket of communal LEGOs for our STEM counseling activities… not going to work for COVID-conscious times! I looked around for a bit for a cost-friendly solution and found some supplies to pack individual task boxes for my students. Get the details below!

Looking to do STEM counseling activities? I packed these individual task card boxes to make our STEM activities COVID-friendly!

STEM Counseling Activities

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Looking to do STEM counseling activities? I packed these individual task card boxes to make our STEM activities COVID-friendly!

I bought a case of 20 4×6 photo boxes on Amazon and 2 boxes of 1000 brick blocks. So, each photo box has roughly 100 blocks (though I definitely didn’t take the time to count these out!). I put a couple of the laminated STEMpathy task cards in each box as well.

Now, when we meet for counseling lessons, students each get their own box of supplies so we aren’t sharing communal blocks and spreading germs. Students can use their own blocks to build creations to solve the problems described on the STEMpathy task cards. There are some discussion questions and thinking prompts on the cards to get students to think about how the person on the card might be feeling, the barriers they face, and how these barriers may present in other areas of their lives. Then, they share their creations with the group!

Afterward, I can disinfect the blocks and boxes and wipe down the cards since they are laminated so that they can be reused for other classes. These have been so handy for my second and third grade lessons while we have COVID precautions in place. Let me know how you’re making these work in your counseling lessons!

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Looking for STEM counseling activities? These STEM activities are perfect for school counseling classroom guidance lessons or small group counseling to teach empathy and cooperation. Empathy lessons and cooperation lessons for counseling work well with STEM design for kids.
Looking for STEM counseling activities? These STEM activities are perfect for school counseling classroom guidance lessons or small group counseling to teach empathy and cooperation. Empathy lessons and cooperation lessons for counseling work well with STEM design for kids.

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