Reflection: Rockets: Research and Design Proposals - Section 3: Design Brief and Research

 

You are going to notice in the videos that I shared in this section that I reference something called "Project Lead the Way".  PLTW is a program that I was trained in at a local university as a part of a district initiative to bring STEM into science.  The training for PLTW was intense and rigorous.  It was two weeks of training in engineering practices and software.  An in depth look at implementation of the lessons in the PLTW curriculum.  

PLTW training was a huge part of my gaining confidence in teaching engineering practices to students.  Project Lead the Way has curriculum developed complete with lessons and activities.  However, the reason that I wanted to share is that the biggest benefit that I gained from this training was the ability to apply these engineering and STEM concepts to develop my own projects that fit within my district/state curriculum.  The NGSS is a set of performance expectations that require students to design solutions to real world problems using the design process.  This training gave me the foundation from which to build effective curriculum based on the NGSS standards.  

I  had a great experience with PLTW training; however, I know that specific training may not be available to you.  What I am suggesting is that if you have access to a training or conference focusing on basic engineering practices, it will be beneficial.  I know when I go to conferences/trainings, I am always looking for what I can take away and apply to my classrooms.  Training in the basics of engineering will provide you that foundation to develop curriculum for every unit in the NGSS!

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Rockets: Research and Design Proposals

Unit 8: Forces and Motion: All New-Tons of Fun!
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to utilize the design process to design a solution to a problem based on Newton's Laws.

Big Idea: It's not rocket science.....oh wait, it is! Students use the design process to create a water powered bottle rocket that can launch hundreds of feet into the air!

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