8th Grade Science: Four Cs of 21st Century Learning and S.T.E.M. in Action

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  • Collaboration– Teams of 3-4 students worked together to design an egg vehicle that would protect a raw egg during a head on collision.
  • Communication– Students communicated their ideas with one another during the process and communicated their project through a narrative presentation.
  • Critical thinking– Students had to identify, analyze and solve a problem systematically using the engineering design process, science and math to complete the project.
  • Creativity-Students used creativity in their design solutions and in the materials used in the project.
    • Science- Newton’s 3 laws of motion, force, motion, mass and speed were some of the scientific concepts learned to help students solve the problem.
    • Technology- Students used a motion sensor and a laptop to test the speed of their egg vehicle, a digital scale to determine the mass of the vehicle and a laptop to create a narrative presentation of their project.
    • Engineering- Once the problem was given to the students, they researched vehicles, identified the constraints and criteria, brainstormed ideas, drew up their designs, selected a design to create a prototype, built their vehicle, tested it, made modifications, retested it and communicated their results.
    • Mathematics- Students measured their vehicle’s length, width and height to make sure they followed the criteria of 15 cm x 13 cm x 5 cm.  In addition, they drew their designs to scale and compared the mass and speeds of each vehicle.

Author: jhollatz

I am the principal of St. John's Lutheran School and a proud dad of two girls at SJLS!

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