Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Citizen science, Student design - Section 2: ENGAGE: Science versus Design


Depending on the needs of an individual class, this section might incorporate more "prework."  For instance, a teacher might have students describe the scientific method first and then describe engineering-design thinking and then assess the presentation.  This year, I chose to conduct this lesson without first "priming the pump" and many students were definitely less successful than I had hoped.  Many were not able to remember anything more than "variables" and many also confused the scientific methods with engineering-design thinking.  The next activity attempts to address this confusion, but teachers might want to experiment with the order of these activities to suit students' needs.

  Scientific methods scaffolding?
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Scientific methods scaffolding?
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Citizen science, Student design

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 8 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to: 1) describe similarities and differences between the scientific method and the engineering design process; and 2) develop a model illustrating the complementary aspects of both processes.

Big Idea: This is the "thesis" lesson for this unit. Design answers the so what? and what now? questions students have about scientific research. How might we explicitly connect science research with design thinking?

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