Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Learning Physics by Creating Structures - Section 3: Design Challenge


I want students to take more ownership over their learning. I have found that activities which require students to collaborate on complex tasks help students to become more deliberate in their learning. I also want students to get a sense that within our classroom everyone has a voice that can help to shape our learning pathways.  With this in mind, this activity is rather freeform, students create their own path as they try to create a free standing structure of their own design within the time limit. Some students design by building and refining a base structure once it fails after being implemented. Other students spend time to draw scale drawings. Others struggle to work together and each try to implement their own plan.

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Learning Physics by Creating Structures

Unit 1: Building Your Base
Lesson 3 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to use recycled materials to collaboratively create emergency shelters similar to those in the Dadaab refugee camp in Northern Kenya.

Big Idea: Revising models over time is a key part of the process of learning and doing physics.

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Science Skills, Science, Physical Science, physics, engineering, distance, displacement, Archimedes' Principle
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