Reflection: Accountability Motorized Toy Project Launch (Lesson 1) - Section 3: Students in Action


This is a long project and the idea that all student groups will be ready for each new phase of the project at the same time is simply unrealistic.

To launch the project I set the expectation for students that they will be in charge of moving forward on the project. I provide them a timeline and an overview to give them structure for their project.

Some student groups will finish tasks before others. I find that after the resume lesson, student groups are already differentiating themselves. The lessons after the resumes as workshops that may involve one or two student groups. 

I am modeling self-management. This will not be the last long term project that students complete in their education. We need to model for students how to manage longer projects. The timeline is a great tool for students to use. In this lesson I provide a timeline. In future lessons I will work with students to create a timeline. With this modeling students can see for themselves how long term or larger projects can be broken down into short attainable goals. These goals can then be used to measure progress and keep them on track.

  Setting the Stage for Self Management
  Accountability: Setting the Stage for Self Management
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Motorized Toy Project Launch (Lesson 1)

Unit 9: Engineering
Lesson 7 of 15

Objective: SWBAT work collaboratively as engineers to design, test and launch a new motorized toy.

Big Idea: What does it take to develop a new toy? Sample the engineering design process from RFP (Request for Proposal) to product.

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