This year was the first year Grade 10 Science followed the NGSS Science Standards, as we have rolled out this new curriculum. With this K-10 Science curriculum, we are lucky to be able to provide engineering experiences to all students every year to apply their science content to solve problems, learn new skills and think like an engineer.
For this project’s development, 3 Science teachers and 2 Ed Tech and Design teachers worked to plan, implement and coach students through this student-driven learning experience.
Students were to focus on a specific area of Climate Change and then create a media campaign to try to impact a specific audience. Students also had to design & create (at least a prototype) of an engineering solution, product design, system or event for this specific audience as well. Students worked for about a month on this project with check-ins along the way from all 5 teachers. It was a successful project, but we want to make some changes for next year. For one, the systems design was challenging for students and when their was no tangible product, some students struggled to go deep enough to show that they system was feasible or a viable solution. Next year, we will have better examples to share with students, as this is the first project of its type in our program, so students are as accustomed to this type of design.
A really successful part of this project was the exhibition at the end of the project. Students shared their campaign and learning with a large part of our community and it was great to hear the students articulate their learning and seeing how passionate many students had become. We think that a few of these project will continue further as events or projects for clubs and CAS and we are excited that this project was a catalyst for these ideas.
Hello Grade 4!
Your Design Challenge for today is to create a car that travels the quickest/furthest distance possible using balloon power.
There three main considerations that will help you achieve the best speed & distance:
- Light weight
Make your car as light as possible. Carefully plan and select the lightest materials you can find. Analyse every aspect of your car to make it as light as you possibly can. Don’t add anything to your car that is not necessary!
- Low friction and aligned wheels
Ensure that your wheels are rolling freely. There should not be any glue, tape, clay or anything else obstructing the wheels because this will slow down your car. Your wheels should also be aligned. This means they are all facing the same direction. If they are not aligned, your wheels will work against each other and slow down your car.
Make sure you sketch and plan wheel designs before you start making them so you are sure that your wheels are a low friction design and aligned!
Plastic bottle car design:
Cardboard car design:
More examples here!
- You will work in a team of 3 people. Make a name for your team!
- One person per team is responsible for taking pictures and videos
- One person per team is responsible for sketching the design concepts
- One person per team is responsible for recording all times and distances travelled by your car
- Make a labeled sketch of how you think your car design will look and work
- Your sketch must be approved by your teacher before you begin making your car
- You should update your sketch each time you make a major change to your design
- Use the materials supplied in the basket. You may use other materials available in your classroom (check with your teacher)
- Test your car’s speed and distance on the space marked out in your classroom
- Use the iPad timer and record your times/distances on the sheet provided
- Each team is allowed one visit to either Mr. Jerry or Mr. Sam for technical support
We will learn about problem solving, teamwork, and the design process as well as potential & kinetic energy, friction and resistance, and measurement.
Mr. Sam and Mr. Jerry