SchoolArts Magazine

APR 2018

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22 APRIL 2018 SchoolArts M I D D L E S C H O O L to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem and Develop a model to gen - erate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved. Most importantly, this lesson demonstrates how the design pro - cess is important to both scientists H ow can students use the process of trial and error to modify and improve a design? With this question in mind, I developed the following lesson where students worked col - laboratively and cooperatively in teams of three or four to design, test, and modify a working card - board model of their own "world's World's Longest Rachel Wintemberg WATER SLIDE longest water slide." Students tested the effectiveness of their water slides using a glass marble. Science Connection This lesson can be used to meet the next generation science standards for middle-school engineering and design: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process Sixth-grade students Kaitlyn Romero (left) and Alanis Cardona (right) work to design their marble run. Students decorated their marble runs with bright colors to attract potential amusement park visitors.

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