I’m always looking for powerful examples of engineering to share with teachers and students. This is one of my current favorites- the story of designing an elegantly simple microscope and centrifuge that can save countless lives around the world. Enjoy!
It’s been too long since I posted a good science music video… enjoy.
As we move forward with implementing the NGSS in multiple partner states, it is more and more likely that we will need to use tools like the EQuIP Rubric to assess our own attempts at designing NGSS lessons and units and those science materials provided by publishing companies. You can find the EQuIP Rubric and a facilitator’s guide at the links below:
The Teaching Channel also recently added a series of four videos to support work with the EQuIP Rubric:
NGSS EQuIP Rubric: Overview
NGSS EQuIP Rubric: 3-Dimensional Learning
NGSS EQuIP Rubric: Using Phenomena
NGSS EQuIP Rubric: Evidence of Student Learning
If you are interested, you can also view an example of how a publishing company (Engineering is Elementary) is using the EQuIP Rubric to connect existing instructional materials with NGSS.
The NGSS NOW Newsletter for December 2015 has some helpful information for those of us moving forward with implementing NGSS. The main article discusses an upcoming series of videos developed through a collaboration between Achieve and the Teaching Channel. Sounds like something to keep an eye out for in mid December- video cases of instruction guided by the NGSS will be very helpful to the field. Click HERE to see some other NGSS videos on Teaching Channel.
If you would like to subscribe to the monthly NGSS Newsletter- click HERE
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Veritasium video so when I saw the new video titled This Will Revolutionize Education– I felt like I needed to share. Lots of good stuff for us to think about in education reform and educational technology. Also some very wise words about teaching and learning.
I know a lot of you have already seen this BBC video with Brian Cox dropping a bowling ball and feathers in a huge vacuum chamber, but it is such a quality video and demonstration that I had to share it.
The story of Tyler Richards and Jonathan Thompson and their invention of a new ketchup bottle cap has gone viral in engineering education this spring. I wanted to share how I’ve been using this story in professional development with K-12 teachers.
PBS has a short blog post that is the perfect length for a quick reading. (See the post HERE.) The post provides the story of how these two students identified the problem (“wet bread is gross”) and eventually solved it.
I like to use this story after teachers have some familiarity with the Engineering Design Process from the Next Generation Science Standards:
- Define the Problem
- Develop Solutions
- Optimize Solutions
I simply ask participants to read the article and identify where the students are engaged in the 3 components of Engineering Design. Then we do a quick partner share and whole group debrief. Here are some findings that teachers have shared:
- There was a lot of time spent Defining the Problem
- Maybe we (teachers) need to provide more authentic opportunities for students to Define the Problem.. sometimes we just give students the problem predefined
- The students developed a lot of solutions before starting to optimize
- The students had to engage in argument from evidence throughout this process. In other words, argumentation isn’t just a science practice.. it’s an engineering practice also
The blog post gives teachers an opportunity to identify components of Engineering Design and make sense of some of the shifts in the NGSS. I hope you find ways to use this engineering story with students and teachers. Please share back what you’ve tried. A video of the ketchup cap invention is embedded below.