Two In One Lab: A Scientific Investigation And An Engineering Project
Use with Vernier LabQuest 2 Or Traditional Science Tools
Print or Google Classroom Ready
First, students think about what they know regarding electromagnets then write a testable question. Does the number of batteries affect electromagnetic field strength? Does the number of coils affect how many paper clips an electromagnet can hold? Does the material a core is made of affect the strength of an electromagnet?
Next, your students will write a lab to investigate their question and like real scientists, share their results with the class.
Day two allows students to construct their electromagnet based off the data the entire class collected the previous period. Students not only explore the scientific principles of electromagnets, but the engineering process as well. Students must learn to define their problem, delimit, design an electromagnet, set criteria for success and; optimize their design to have the strongest electromagnet possible.
It is aligned with Common Core as well as the Next Generation Science standards. The Disciplinary Core Idea is MS-PS 2.3. Science and Engineering Practices, as well as Crosscutting Concepts are included in the lesson plan.
A full two day lesson plan is included. It is easy to follow and includes an anticipatory set, scientific investigation, engineering activity, worksheets, and link to a quiz with key. The anticipatory set worksheet, lab report and engineering process paper are all included. Even samples are provided!
The investigation can be conducted using traditional science tools or Vernier LabQuests.
You can print the lab or assign copies in Google Classroom!