Reflection: Classroom Setup Designing a Solar Car Part 2 - Section 4: Design Solutions


One of the joys of teaching this design problem is the project based learning. Students have developed the problem and we all work together to solve the problem. One of my problems with Problem-Based learning in the past has been that the lesson never ends. I get tired of it and the students get tired of it. I started using the NGSS Science Practices as a framework for my lessons and it really helped. I use a strategy of lesson planning called Backward by Design and  I embed activities within the framework. As you look at my entire lesson, each of the Parts represents the Science Practices. Having the structure helped me know where I had been and where I was going. My planning became easier and more deliberate because I always use the same framework. 

  Project Based Learning
  Classroom Setup: Project Based Learning
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Designing a Solar Car Part 2

Unit 9: Designing for the Future: Designing a Solar Car
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT conduct research in an effort to determine the best design for a solar car.

Big Idea: What do we need to know? Students develop research questions to learn more about the design of solar cars. They conduct the research and use it to inform their design decisions.

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