Reflection: Checks for Understanding Team Plaid Pete Has the Blueprint for Success - Section 5: Reflection & Closure


It can be difficult to implement formative assessments during design engineering projects.  There is generally a lot of activity.  Assessment takes significant time and attention, and with lots of student movement, that kind of reflection isn't always possible.  When I am designing engineering projects, I try and include a preliminary checkpoint - like today's Trial 1.  

Students have to complete the page where they indicate the failure points of their first design, as well as their next step (improving cost or clarity).  At the end of the day when students have left and it is quiet, I can take the time to look over their work.  I scan, looking for misconceptions - like the student example below.  Although this student commented that a failure point in the design was the water moving too slowly; they still indicated that their next step would be to revise for clarity.  I also noticed that their materials cost was fairly high.  This is a student I want to speak with before they redesign for Trial 2, so that I can understand their thinking.

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Team Plaid Pete Has the Blueprint for Success

Unit 3: Plaid Pete Engineers A Solution
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered, to identify aspects of a model or a prototype that can be improved.

Big Idea: What are the characteristics needed to be a successful engineer? Students learn from Rosie Revere, and then work in collaborative teams to conduct fair tests and identify failure points for their water filter systems.

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