Reflection: Student Ownership Build, Build, Build - Section 3: Independent Investigation


There were several surprises for me during the build process. First, students were much more willing to try and figure out how to build components on their own than they usually are. They seemed more adventurous with this project.  That was the first surprise.

The second surprise was how well students seemed to work together. Everyone was involved all of the time. They were sad at the end of every work session. Students got so involved that as their roller coasters grew they simply climbed the furniture to get to where they needed to work. I finally had to get some girls down off the side shelves for fear of falling. They hadn't even noticed where they were, they merely grew with the structure :).

The final surprise was the way these worked and how students worked to troubleshoot. Every roller coaster worked in the end.

  Student Ownership: Surprises
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Build, Build, Build

Unit 5: Roller Coaster Madness
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: Students will use their knowledge of the Engineering Design Process and Newton's Laws to build a paper roller coaster.

Big Idea: Students will demonstrate the conversion and transfer of energy in a gravity roller coaster system.

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