House of Cards
Lab began with with an engineering challenge. We defined frustration and then I told my second grade engineers that I was going to purposefully frustrate them. I explained that frustration develops problem solving skills, creativity, and perseverance. Teachers call it productive struggle. The students were tasked with building a tower with index cards only. At first the cards kept falling and collapsing, but they quickly changed their designs and began experiencing success. Try this at home with a deck of playing cards.