Each year, I have about 150 sixth graders in my science classes. My students love science! They are always exciting about labs and investigations! They enjoy building spaghetti towers, learning to use a triple beam balance, observing the changes in Gobstoppers when you put them in water or vinegar, using radio telemetry receivers, and building and fine-tuning K'nex roller coasters!
Our school is a place where we want our students to feel safe and where we want them to know that they can make a difference and that they can be someone's "marigold." Science is a tested subject on our state standardized test, so we have a lot of content to teach each year, but it is even more important to me that students enjoy what we are doing in class and learn life skills like problem-solving and critical thinking.
Our students love to build things! With this project, the sixth grade students at my school will be able to practice the steps of the design process to build various items with one of the K'nex Imagine building sets that I've requested. These sets include various K'nex pieces that students will use to complete a task that I randomly give to them. These random prompts may ask students to build something that rolls, a tower, or maybe even a fidget spinner.
My students stay on task and work well together when they are at the lab stations and using their hands to investigate and/or to create something.
These K'nex sets will give my students another opportunity to work together and develop engineering and critical thinking skills that they will need for high school, college, and their future careers.
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