This year, as a part of our newly integrated Science course, our Grade 9 students learned about energy transfer. For the first time, students participated in an engineering challenge to demonstrate their understanding of these scientific concepts.
The NGSS standard was:
The Engineering task was: Design and Create a toy or device that demonstrates energy transfer.
It was a very successful unit, with students creating wind up toys, solar cars, bubble machines, kinetic energy transformers and more.
As teachers, we also learned a lot. It was really difficult to manage 130 students working on independent projects, all requiring different materials and techniques. Even between the Science and Design labs, we still felt like we could have used more space!