During the schooling years, science curriculum is not as demanding on analytical or critical thinking as it is on observational skills.
While building their models for competition, STUDENTS need to employ critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, decision making skills.
A lot of discussions on innovative educational methods center around S.T.E.M. approach and its benefits. S.T.E.M. can easily become a clichÃ© if this is not understood well.