May the Force Be With You


BY Kelly Geist 

Teaticket Elementary School 

Project Description

This project seeks to inspire young engineers. Students will define a problem and engineer a simple solution using magnetism. This project will address Next Generation Science Standards for grade three physical science. As a cross-curricular unit it will also incorporate many of the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards for third grade. It will incorporate lessons using forces and interactions as well as engineering design. Students will collaborate to identify a real life problem, conduct investigations, and develop a simple invention that solves the problem using magnetism. Students will present their designs at the Falmouth Public Schools Science Fair in 2016.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

Students will be evaluated on a Science Notebook and their presentation at the science fair. The notebook will contain design investigations, simple design plans, revisions, and student reflections on learning goals.

Benefit to the students and the school

Student engagement and motivation will be enhanced through hands-on learning that exemplifies the real-life scientific method. Through collaboration, research, design, and planning students will achieve academic success addressing the Next Generation Science Standards. This unit will provide students an opportunity to develop a knowledge base for future cross-curricular learning goals and inspire careers in science and technology. In addition, this unit will inspire and motivate other professionals and students to perform their own real-life problem solving skills using the scientific method and technology.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

January/February 2016 in preparation for the Falmouth Public Schools Science Fair.