Reflection: Standards Alignment Building Complex Electrical Systems - Section 1: Introduction


When I read the standard 4-PS3-4, "Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one for to another," it's clear that the intention is that students would actually have solar panels, light bulbs, motors, and wheels, and not just be cutting and pasting symbols on construction paper.  I would love to transform my room into a maker space, to give my students free reign to design their machines every Friday afternoon.  The truth is, constraints aren't just for engineering projects.  I have whatever supplies I can scavenge, and time stolen away from other high stakes subjects.  I know that this lesson is not what the people who drafted the standard had in mind, but it is as close as I can come given my current constraints.  Having my students approach this standard through a paper model is so much better than not addressing this standard until I have a fully outfitted workshop. On the other hand, I'll keep looking for ways to get donations and grants until my students are building the real thing.

  Approximating the Standards
  Standards Alignment: Approximating the Standards
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Building Complex Electrical Systems

Unit 5: Electricity and Magnetism
Lesson 9 of 14

Objective: SWBAT design an electrical system that converts energy from one form to another to meet a particular need.

Big Idea: How do electrical components work together?

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