Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation The Pringle Package Project - Day 2 - Section 3: Additional Projects Passed In


The best student work I ever get is with projects like this. When students have a choice in the product they produce, they usually apply more effort and use their imaginations. Typically, about 1/3 of the students will create something very special as they apply their best efforts. And every year I get at least 2 or 3 projects that amaze me. Clearly hours of time was spent and the students skills and talents shine through. It is important as a teacher to give students opportunities to demonstrate skills and talents on multiple levels so that you can celebrate their success. Physics tends to favor people with strong logical/mathematical intelligence, but other intelligence need to be applied as well and can be used to understand our universe. Let them shine too!

  Let the students SHINE!
  Intrinsic Motivation: Let the students SHINE!
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The Pringle Package Project - Day 2

Unit 2: Forces in Two Dimensions
Lesson 10 of 16

Objective: Students, who sent a single Pringle potato chip through the mail using the lightest possible package to protect the chip, open their packages in class.

Big Idea: Engineering is the act of applying science concepts to the creation of something useful such as a package that protects its contents from damaging forces.

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