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Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.

 
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Can we eat the marshmallow now?

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Collaborative engineering design thinking is a key skill for STEM fields. How might we effectively collaborate to successfully participate in a design challenge?

 
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Let's hack! Wait. Hack what? (DEFINE)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Empathy helps us to define the problems that we will collaboratively solve in order to co-create classroom structures that optimize student learning outcomes. How might we leverage empathy to refine our understanding of problem areas in the classroom?

 
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Sharkweek! Using a Popular Television Series to Develop Science Inquiry Skills and Vocabulary

High School Biology » Unit: Unit 2: The Science of Biology
High School Biology » Unit: Unit 2: The Science of Biology
Maria Laws
Walnut Creek, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

What does science inquiry look like in real life? Students will analyze a Mythbusters experiment linking color to shark food preferences and then create their own experiment using our science inquiry vocabulary

 
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Do we have an idea yet? (IDEATE)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Ideation, identification of constraints, and convergent thinking are processes that link understanding a problem to implementing a solution. How might students develop collaborative skills for ideating solutions and developing impactful prototypes?

 
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Can You Hear It Now? Engineering Cheap and Effective Sound Amplifiers for Smartphones (2-3 Day Lesson)

6th Grade Science » Unit: Scientific Measuring and Variable Testing
6th Grade Science » Unit: Scientific Measuring and Variable Testing
David Kujawski
East Walpole, MA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Engineering is often left out when teaching STEM classes. Students have seen how inquiry can be used to help explain phenomena that are backed by evidence. This challenge gives students the opportunity to incorporate their inquiry skills to solve a need.

 
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Energy Transformation Project - Day 1

High School Physics » Unit: Energy
High School Physics » Unit: Energy
Jameson Parker
Danbury, CT
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Energy is not created or destroyed but changes from one form to another.

 
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Learning Physics by Creating Structures

High School Physics » Unit: Building Your Base
High School Physics » Unit: Building Your Base
Tenicka Norwood
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Revising models over time is a key part of the process of learning and doing physics.

 
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DESIGN LAB: Nitrogen (3 of 4)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

A functional nitrogen cycle is an essential part of healthy agricultural systems. How might we use models to help us understand how the nitrogen cycle becomes disrupted and what might be done to prevent disruption?

 
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School cafeteria redesign (SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students must practice all aspects of the engineering design process in real time for a teacher to assess mastery. How might we assess students' mastery of engineering design thinking through a real-world design?

 
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DESIGN CHALLENGE: Food labels (1 of 2)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

The current food label describes the ingredients and nutritional content of food. How might we redesign the current food label to more accurately capture the total impact of modern food production, especially environmental costs?

 
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Unit Synthesis: prototype + test + iterate (2 of 4)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Tenets of social and emotional learning are powerful constraints of engineering design thinking. How might we develop student contracts that maximize self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision making?

 
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Roller Coaster Inquiry

High School Physics » Unit: Energy
High School Physics » Unit: Energy
Anna Meyer
Park Ridge, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

To investigate how energy trasnfers throughout a system like a roller coaster.

 
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Unit Synthesis: empathy + define the problem + ideate (1 of 4)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Reframing engineering design thinking as human centered design is an important reconceptualization. How might we surface the common, sometimes painful needs of students to design solutions that meet those needs?

 
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CAPSTONE: Feeding 9 billion through sustainable farm design (1 of 3)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

The human population will approach 9 billion by 2050, but our current food system was not designed to sustainably feed so many. How might we apply our understanding of agricultural methods to feed 9 billion people in an environmentally sustainable manner?

 
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Spaceship Earth: Concept evolution (5 of 5)

Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Citizen science, Student design
Environmental Stewardship by Design » Unit: Citizen science, Student design
Daniel Babauta
New York, NY
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Human ingenuity has negatively affected the natural environment. How might we use human ingenuity to develop solutions to the problems that we have caused?

 
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