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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2014Stock # ss14_038_03_16Volume 038Issue 03
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Wow! An excellent article that helps a teacher (6th grade) create an engineering problem that develops their students creative and critical thinking skills. The unit on the Water Cycle is us... See More
Wow! An excellent article that helps a teacher (6th grade) create an engineering problem that develops their students creative and critical thinking skills. The unit on the Water Cycle is used to introduce the engineering design process using the pedagogical framework called Environments for Fostering Effective Critical Thinking (EFFECTS), the students will design a water filtration device. The steps in the engineering-design process are illustrated in an eight step process. This article also provides a detailed set of explanations, pre- and post-exercise decision questions, diagrams, materials list, methods that can be used to assess filter performances, and data collection worksheets.Each of the eight engineering-design process steps is thoroughly and clearly explained. This article is all inclusive, everything you need to know in order to use this activity is included in this article. I highly recommend this article, especially if you are trying to introduce more of the NGSS standards into your curriculum!
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