Reflection: Intervention and Extension Engineering Design - Section 4: Landing (Closing)


The standards for this lesson did not require students to build, test, or measure the success and then improve their engineering product.  However, in the interest of joy and plain old fun, on the subsequent day I brought in supplies for students to build a prototype.  Just hearing first graders use the word "prototype" was success in itself!  

I gathered materials such as: tin foil, fabric scraps, pipe cleaners, masking tape, craft sticks, straws, toilet paper tubes, paper plates and bowls, and duck quill feathers (this last item was ordered at a teacher supply store online).  A few students worked together, but most worked on their own prototype.

Some children definitely had difficulty with this level of abstract thinking.  Struggle is definitely a good thing, though, as it builds perseverance and problem-solving skills.  Students came to me and went to one another as they worked through how to build and create.  This activity helps prepare them for the more extensive engineering project to come in the Waves: Light and Sound unit I'll be teaching in the spring.

Here are some pictures of students with their products... coming to a Walmart near you!

Students working Working hard!

Students in action A group designing a lovely peacock hat to help attract student attention in the cafeteria when it is too loud.

Two final products Some lovely American Bittern-style brooms.

  Intervention and Extension: Building Prototypes
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Engineering Design

Unit 2: Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Lesson 10 of 16

Objective: SWBAT mimic an external part of an animal in order to solve a human problem.

Big Idea: Do we have problems at our school? No need to open that can of worms... our students can engineer solutions based on our feathered friends.

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