Engineering Super Seeds Part 1
Lesson 8 of 12
Objective: SWBAT use the engineering design process to create a design for a seed that could be effectively dispersed in more than one way.
To help my students stay in a creative workflow, I wanted my students to have all the information they would need, when they needed it. I created a shared folder with directions (Engineering Super Seeds), and a budget (Team Budget) for each table. (We are a Google Apps for Education district.) I gave permission to view on the directions, and permission to edit on the budget. Each folder was only accessible to students within that group.
I reviewed expectations for working in groups, then told them to check their email, and let me know if they have any questions.
Although I tried to make sure the directions were clear, I circulated the room to make sure that each group was working through the process productively. This included reminding them to work out their decision making process, and choosing challenges before beginning shopping. I also sat with at least one person from each table to go over their spreadsheets together to make sure they understood what to enter into each cell.
When students were done shopping, I asked them to answer the following questions in their science notebooks:
- What challenges are you trying to complete?
- What constraints does your team have to work within?
- What did you like about using a spreadsheet?