Reflection: Complex Tasks Still Looking for Shade-A Design and Engineering Challenge Continues - Section 6: Closing


This lesson was a continuation of a previous lesson in which the students designed structures to shade an ice cube from the sun and slow its melting.  After the first attempt, the students had a lesson about the difference between black and white paper and energy absorption or reflection.  They then had the opportunity to revise their structures.

 I couldn't be more proud of my students.  They really looked at the weaknesses of their first structure and used this information to improve their structure.  All but one group used white paper instead of black, showing that they really applied what they learned in the previous lesson.  The end result was amazing.  The structures really showed great improvement.

When doing an engineering task, it is so important to allow the students the opportunity to revise their structures.  Yes, even kindergarteners are able to make improvements when give the opportunity to analyze weaknesses.  It took time, but the the learning that occurred was so valuable.

  Yes!! Kindergarteners Can Do This!
  Complex Tasks: Yes!! Kindergarteners Can Do This!
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Still Looking for Shade-A Design and Engineering Challenge Continues

Unit 10: The Sun and Our Solar System
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the engineering and design process by creating a structure that provides shade.

Big Idea: The students have previously participated in a design and engineering challenge. Now it is time for the student to see if they can improve their structures!

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