Physical Science: Engineering Design Challenge
We teach forces using a project-based unit centered on an engineering desig challenge. Today, I introduced the challenge: students must make a cargo carrier that attaches to a truck will keep an egg intact in a head on collision. We spent some time today brainstorming what the customer may be interested in and what kind of background knowledge will be necessary for the task.
We spent some time on the importance of communication in science and connected that to what it means to show your work clearly in physics. From there, students whiteboarded the problems they worked on yesterday with clear communication in mind. This lead students to bemoan the lack of color choices in my marker bin.