"You and your team have worked tirelessly to develop a new heat technology. Your idea has taken off and you have a strong business plan but you have hit a roadblock and you need financial aid to keep your dream alive.
You have come to the Dragons’ Den to present your idea to a panel of prestigious judges in hopes of gaining the funds necessary to complete your business plan."
This is the context given to students to begin their project. Then they must each choose an important role among their team: Presenter, Researcher and Manager. Within the project handout each role's responsibilities are outlined.
The team has three tasks to complete their project which are detailed and connected to Grade 7 Alberta Program of Studies outcomes for Science, specifically the Heat and Temperature Unit. The first task is to choose a heat related technology to research it must have either domestic or industrial purposes. With that research in mind they will invent a new or improved heat related technology that will meet a human need. It is important that their invention address concerns for the environment and use of resources. They must also demonstrate how their invention works and this should include reference to the particle model of matter.
The project also includes a checklist and sample questions for Presentation day, when I have done this with my class I give this checklist to the panel of volunteer judges I have. Finally, there is a rubric included for the teacher's final assessment of the project.