Reflection: Problem-based Approaches What is the Best Formula for Flubber? - Section 3: Students in Action


The relevance of any lesson increases when we ask students to solve problems. Problem-solving is inherent to the Engineering Design Process. My students were 100% engaged throughout this lesson. First of all, making flubber is just fun. Secondly, they were working as chemical engineers to solve a problem, "What is the best formula for flubber?" 

The depth of cognitive rigor increases when students apply what they know to solve new problems. Problem-based learning is a great way to increase student engagement.

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What is the Best Formula for Flubber?

Unit 4: Chemistry
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT work as chemical engineers to develop criteria for a successful Flubber and create a formula that meets that criteria.

Big Idea: How does a chemist contribute to product development?

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