Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Logan Explains the Engineering Design Process - Section 4: Team Activity


The one thing that would have truly made this experience better for my students, would have been more background knowledge in understanding force and motion.  Unfortunately, it is not a topic that is addressed this year, and with scant attention paid to Science since the advent of high stakes testing - some students have no background at all.  

I am hopeful with the move towards implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and a (hopefully) more balanced approach to the use of assessment, we will find the instructional time to ensure that students have access to a range of Science topics throughout their elementary school years.  

Sure, a few lessons on force and motion might have helped here - but then that would have meant cutting something else out.  Like many other teachers, I don't get to make very many of those kinds of decisions anymore.  I have pacing guides to follow and curricula to implement, and miles to go before I sleep . . .

  Not Enough Background Knowledge!
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Not Enough Background Knowledge!
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Logan Explains the Engineering Design Process

Unit 3: Plaid Pete Engineers A Solution
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: SWBAT list and describe the steps in the engineering design process.

Big Idea: What are the steps in the engineering design process? What activities do engineers actually complete during those steps? Students learn the steps and then apply their new knowledge in their first design challenge.

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