Reflection: Classroom Setup Engineering Earthquake Structures: Day 1 - Section 2: Connecting to the Essential Question: What am I going to be learning today?


In an engineering design challenge, organization of materials and clean up can be a challenge.  Here are a couple of things I have learned in terms of classroom set up for this activity, but really are tips for all engineering challenges:

1.  Have students keep all materials in a gallon-sized zip lock bag or container if they are going to reuse the materials.  (In this lab, this can help keep materials organized and keep the marshmallows fresh.)

2.  Designate a specific space for each section or class to place their materials.

3.  Stand by the designated place to help the students place their materials in an organized manner (especially if your counter space is limited).  Simply standing in proximity to the space where students put their materials often creates an immediate improvement in the manner in which they put their materials away.

4.  Assign Jobs:  Create jobs that each member of the group can take care of each day.  For example, one member can be responsible for picking up all the extra materials and puts them in the zip lock, one for carrying the structure to the counter, and one for carrying the scraps and garbage on the table and floor.  Assigning tasks can really speed up the clean up process.

5.  Allow enough time.  Provide students enough time to clean up.  If you do not stop them with ample time to put their materials away, they will inevitably not clean up with quality and when the bell rings, they won't rush to clean, they will just rush out of the room leaving you with a mess!

  Engineering Design Challenges For Teachers: Materials and Clean Up
  Classroom Setup: Engineering Design Challenges For Teachers: Materials and Clean Up
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Engineering Earthquake Structures: Day 1

Unit 2: Waves and Engineering: Using Waves To Meet Societal Needs and Wants
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to analyze evidence about the properties of seismic waves and use this to design and test an earthquake resistant structure.

Big Idea: Over the course of five days, students analyze text, engage in scientific discourse, use the design process to test earthquake resistant structures, and investigate analog and. digital signals! It's all about how waves impact our lives in the real world!

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