Monday, March 18, 2013
Marble Roller coasters pt. 1 design
I just finished taking a Project Based Learning class through my school and the local university. It was a refresher course but was nice to go back through and see what new ideas there are now. Several of us were in a group together to create a project (the Art teacher, an ELA teacher, myself and an administrator). Since I was prepping for Force and Motion (my next science topic) I jumped on the opportunity to incorporate engineering into it. I'm very excited about the overall project because we integrated art, science, engineering and writing/advertising into it. I don't know that I'll be able to focus on the writing as much as I would like, but I'll require a good bit of it.
My students started the engineering project yesterday -- the building of marble roller coasters. Last week we looked at a lot of youtube videos that were similar to what I had in mind, and we used our blutrack to discuss places where speed is increasing and others where friction and gravity are acting very strongly. We continued the lesson yesterday by getting into our groups and thinking of a theme, and then using the lessons on one-point perspective taught in art, the students created 3-D designs of what they hope to build.