Reflection: Student Ownership Science vs. Engineering Project - Presentations - Section 2: Comparing, Contrasting and Evaluating

 

The expectations for students comparing their work to the work of others need to be very clear. You have to be extremely careful not to fall into the trap of the braggart (Mine is better than yours), or the student that ends up not very proud of his/her artistry or creativity. At the beginning of the session I tell students that we are not looking at "pretty", we are looking at how each group accomplished the merging of the two processes. 

As you can see in the student work, the students were not totally able to shy away from the aesthetics, but this came after the realization that they had more similarities than differences. They were actively looking for something that they could use to fill in the differences boxes. Because of this, the comparison does not feel like a critique of artistry, but rather an identification of differences.

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Science vs. Engineering Project - Presentations

Unit 1: Introduction to 7th Grade Science
Lesson 14 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to devise their own science and engineering design processes to be used during the school year.

Big Idea: We can plan our own investigations using our own scientific method and engineering design process.

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Science, Science Skills, Scientific Method (Science Skills), experimental design, Science and Engineering Design Process, observations
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