Project - Based Learning Modules! ~ Engineering & the Design Process: Real-World Classroom Resources You can use for your classroom!
According to the Teaching Channel (2016), "The Boeing Company and Teaching Channel have been working together since 2014 to create problem-based curricula inspired by the science and engineering innovations at Boeing and informed by globally competitive science, math, and literacy standards. These modules are being released as part of a collection of K-12 education resources under development to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Boeing Company."
The following modules were designed for students in grades 4-8, however, that does not mean that they cannot be adapted for use with high school students!
The modules include:
1. Polymers for the Planet: Design Challenge ~ Create and test a bioplymer formula.
2. Alternative Energy: Design Challenge ~ Test blade design to optimize a wind turbine.
3. CubeSats: Design Challenge ~ Create cubesat satellite models and payloads for specific missions.
4. Spy Gliders: Design Challenge ~ Test a glider payload that supports a mobile camera.
5. Biosuits: Design Challenge ~ Design biosuits to meet various environmental demands.
6. Soft Landing: Design Challenge ~ Model and build a space capsule test tower and drop test using an electromagnetic switch.
7. Mission to Mars: Design Challenge ~ Adapt a parachute design to facilitate reentry of a bottle rocket capsule.
8. Bolt Catcher: Design Challenge ~ Adapt a skateboard to absorb maximum energy on impact.
9. Quieter Cabin: Design Challenge ~ Develop a model that shields exterior sounds.
10. Composites: Design Challenge ~ Build a lighter, stronger, and better composite.
Please refer to my Library/i-Media Science Resources page for a list of Science Resources I have curated for you.
Have you checked out the new Open Educational Resources page that I have added to the school library (i-Media) website? I just added a new resource called Open Osmosis, which contains thousands of health education resources.
What is an Open Educational Resource (OER)? Open Educational Resources are free and "open" to use. They have been collected to ensure equity and access for everyone. Many resources are from higher educational institutions, such as MIT and Yale. Anyone who uses the internet, however, can create an OER collection, just as anyone can create a website, so...before you use an OER resource, be sure to use an Achieve OER Rubric for source evaluation, to ensure the materials meet the specific needs of your students.
For more information in regard to OER's please read this Edutopia article.
I found this article that I would like to share with you ~ by Judy Willis M.D. The article focuses on "developing neural networks of skillsets for critical analysis" (Willis, 2016). Willis maintains that to develop these neural networks students must acquire and master information literacy skills.
We live in an age, which is unprecedented. Our students receive information on a continuous basis, whether it be from a computer, cell phone, iPad, etc.. They need to understand how to critically evaluate all information (articles, graphs, infographics, etc.) received to make informed decisions. Information Literacy skills are a skillset students must have to be college and career ready!
Click here to start creating interactive lesson plans with TED-ED and other high quality videos. You can even track the progress of your students!
This is a sample lesson. First your students will watch the video, then they will think by answering questions, then they dig deeper by exploring more resources, and finally your students will discuss the content by answering guided and open questions that you will have incorporated into the lesson plan.
Click here to view all TED-ED lessons.
Advisors for this project include Sir Kenneth Robinson and Melinda French Gates... among others.