The science classes have spent the past two weeks building up our understandings of problems that science has had to solved over time. The first week we dove into a simulation of an injury, so students could understand the challenges that a person would have to overcome. We also watched and read about how prosthetics have played an essential role in allowing people with injuries to regain or maintain their independence. We will be using this background knowledge to set-up the next steps of our unit in which students will have to solve a problem using science. During the second week, students participated in a simulated bone building challenge. We worked on developing skills in modeling a solution, testing it, redesigning our model after testing, and finally testing the reengineered solution. Our hope was to develop the understand that solving a problem will not happen the first time, but after multiple attempts.
Science Solutions: Next Steps
As we look toward the next five weeks of our science solution unit, students will be going through several experiences to help them identify and define a problem that can be solved with science. Students will proceed to solve that problem by researching current methods being applied today, while making sure that their idea does not already exist. Once the problem has been researched, students will create their own solution to the problem by develop a prototype or model with a presentation on their solution. Much like the science fair, students can choose how they want to display their information and we encourage student to keep an open dialogue with their parents about their thoughts, since parents will have a final say in the supplies they want to provide.
For All Rubrics
Since the science solutions unit is sequential based or where the steps of the process have to followed in order, it will be extremely important that students complete their work on time. We will continue to offer For All Rubrics checklists as a method for ensuring all pieces are being completed. However, we encourage parents to have their students show them their work throughout this process. We want to make sure that students have the opportunity to be successful in this unit.