This might be a meaningless observation in the grand scheme of things, ignorant of the same pattern of kids no matter the generation and whatnot, but here goes... A couple of teachers at my school put together a little Christmas STEM activity center. A few stations of basic STEM activities of the thought-provoking, open-ended variety, the rest of the school would sign up to go. It was a lot of fun, but oddly enough I had a few students who didn't enjoy it. They didn't like having to problem solve. They wanted me to help them more than was reasonable. The activties were "too hard". We're talking about seeing how high you can stack red and green solo cups and making a shelf out of clay and popsicle sticks. I didn't make a big deal out of it with them and I figure the activities won't please everyone. But the number of students that wanted to know "how to do it" or "teacher to do it for them" surprised me. One student was autism, so I could maybe excuse the shock of open-ended concepts, but the rest was almost, and I do apologize for this, rather immature. This is too hard, teacher, do it for me. (kid, have fun by sticking sticks and clay together or stack the cups!) Have you ever noticed kids who just can't get into that mindset?