Reflection: Real World Applications Motorized Toy Project- Building & Testing (Lesson 7) - Section 3: Students in Action


Perseverance is a require skill for this phase of the Motorized Toy Project. Student design teams must interpret the schematics correctly and build with precision each gear ratio.

Sometimes the test results as not so good. Student design teams plug in the toy and it does not move. They need to trouble shoot by re-examining the schematic. It still does not work. I encourage students to confer with other groups who have experienced success with the gear ratio they are attempting to test. Most student design teams struggle, especially with the first two assemblies and almost all groups struggle to build the complicated 225:1 gear ratio. 

The building and testing phase is the guts of the project. Students will struggle but not so much as they cannot succeed.

One student told me this is the part he likes about the class. It is not so easy you get bored. At the same time it is not so hard you feel like you will never figure it out. You just have to see what is wrong and fix it.

  Perseverance is Required
  Real World Applications: Perseverance is Required
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Motorized Toy Project- Building & Testing (Lesson 7)

Unit 9: Engineering
Lesson 13 of 15

Objective: SWBAT build and test various gear ratios

Big Idea: A new product needs test results to convince potential consumers it is the toy for them.

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