There is a National Science Competition that involves Creating and Refining Technology
which is sponsored by: Exploravision, NSTA, and Toshiba. This competition is a great project to do with a science club, honors science class that is ahead of the curriculum, or other science group. There is no cost to participate and the students learn a great deal of 21st Century Skills and science skills in the process! Although the Exploravision website has some excellent preparatory materials to use with student groups, I found that I still needed to create another material to use to help my student teams. This powerpoint is suitable for either the 4-6 grade group or the 7-9 grade group. I used this with my 6th grade classes when we competed in the competition. Some of the work for the project was completed in class, although students did put in time on the project before or after school and for homework. The caliber of critical thinking and engagement that came out of my students as a result of this project was incredible! Doing this project, easily allows the teacher to utilize STEM principles and to cover the Next Generation Science Standards.
If you haven’t started working with your students already, you’ll want to get started soon, as the deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015. Last year I gave my students an internal deadline of 5 school days before the final deadline, which I highly recommend. We needed those five days, because we ended up having two snow days, sick students, and other delaying events occur.
Feel free to email me for questions or ideas regarding this project. I can be reached at rachelstrive(at)gmail.com . Enjoy yourselves and good luck to you and your teams!!