There were three experiments that were considered the foundation of the unit.
Teachers worked together to create an engineering unit that included both science and math concepts for learning.
The first experiment allowed the students to explore tension. The students developed mathematical thinking in this experiment by observing the data and the graph's patterns.
In the second experiment, students learned about the importance of I-beam construction. This experiment allowed the students to practice measuring skills and make reasonable guesses.
In the third experiment, students explored with brass and steel rods that were different lengths. By doing this experiment, students explored simple physics ideas, such as how different materials of different sizes react to different levels of stress.
Students then created a structure of their own design based on their findings. These experiments allowed the students to see that mathematics and science do go hand in hand, and they served as an assessment tool for the teacher.
How does that relate to class?
This relates to class because in the article, the students did experiments to incorporate engineering concepts into their science and math programs, and in our class we experiment with different technologies and learn about how we can incorporate them into classrooms.We have experimented with several different technologies, such as Sphero, Blue Bot, Osmos, and more. Because of these hands-on experiences, I have gained knowledge on computational thinking and coding. Because the students have hands-on experiences in their experiments, they are able to gain knowledge on science and engineering concepts.After working with and discussing technologies in this class, it has helped me understand how important it is to incorporate technology into future lesson plans to enhance learning. The engineering explorations they did in class helped students understand that math and sciences are related and can go together.
Why is that important for you as a teacher?
When students work on engineering projects, it helps students work in teams, create solutions, develop problem solving skills, collaborate, and communicate. These are all skills that I want my students to have.
This is important for me as a teacher because it can help me understand how to incorporate engineering concepts into my future science and math lesson plans.
Having students do experiments like these can serve as an assessment tool for me to ensure that my students understand these concepts before moving onto the next topic.
I want to be able to see the understandings that my students gain from the unit. Engineering explorations can help my students see how mathematics and science truly do go together.