To "hook" students, build a sense of empathy and/or provide context for their upcoming experience with STEMhero, teachers can choose to assign any or all of the missions outlined in Activity 1 below ... or just jump right into collecting data.
Option: Students research and reflect on the source of their water/energy, and how their lives/communities are shaped by that context.
Option: A student self-assessment of their knowledge, attitudes and actions related to energy and water
Option: Students compare themselves to real professionals in STEM fields
Option: Students learn about where water/energy are used in a typical home. An estimate of their home's usage is produced, which they can then compare against the actual usage they measure.