The “We Need Shade” activity goes along with Missouri standard K.PS3.B.1 (coincides with K-PS NGSS standard) and engineering standards (identify the problem, create a solution, and redesign).
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Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.