Reflection: Lesson Planning Designing a Wind Turbine (Part 1) - Section 2: Design Problem


One of the challenges of a STEM lesson is the decision about what design problem to solve. I started this lesson by asking students to design a wind turbine. The students dutifully used the equipment I gave them and designed a turbine. I was disappointed because I had great turbines but they were difficult to test. If you look at my sample Wind Turbine picture, you can see the issue with testing. I changed my design problem, making it, design a wind turbine air foil. This helped a lot but I knew I could do better. Finding the Kid Wind Project was very important to me because I found a kit that could do what I wanted it to do. 

In this lesson I was a work in progress. I learned not to be impatient or to give up an idea I thought might be solid. Over time I have failed when coming up with really great design problems but I keep trying. I have learned to balance the problem students want to design and my integration of content standards. 

  Lesson Planning: Determining a Design Problem
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Designing a Wind Turbine (Part 1)

Unit 7: Designing for the Future: Wind Turbine Design
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT explain why designing a wind turbine is an important design problem.

Big Idea: Design matters. To create authenticity in engineering, students work to explain why it is important to design a wind turbine blade.

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