This activity is consistent with the National Standards Curriculum.
The National Standards Curriculum (NSC) currently implemented at grades 7-9 requires students to collaborate, be creative, and communicate. The curriculum also requires students to become problem solvers hence the use of real world problems is encouraged. The use of STEM methodologies and project based learning are encouraged.
Jolly, A (2014). Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson accessed November 28, 2017 from https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/06/17/ctq_jolly_stem.html