ENGAGE: Using the YouTube clip “Paper Airplane World Championship - Red Bull Paper Wings 2015 “ is great at engaging students and it captures the students’ attention and interest. It also helps to get the students focused on the purpose of the lab and the content.
EXPLORE #1: This is where the students have opportunities to resolve misconceptions of the engage section. This part gives students the hands-on experiences to demonstrate their knowledge of the engage phase. In this part they will conduct research and sketch their prototype like an engineer.
EXPLAIN: The scientific explanation for the flight of their airplane is the objective of this phase. The students should now have a clearer sense of the engage part and have higher comprehension of the concepts. They can do this by watching the second YouTube clip that explains the scientific principles behind flight.
EXPLORE #2: This is where the students have opportunity to learn through building, testing, revising, brainstorming, remodeling and evaluating their prototype like engineers do. This exploration phase provides a concrete, hands-on experience where students use data to clarify the misconceptions of the engage phase.
ELABORATE: Sometimes this phase is called Extend, but in this case Elaborate is more appropriate. This is where scientific concepts and abilities are extended, expanded and enriched. They will do this by applying the concepts and vocabulary to the flight of their airplanes. I will then use this section to also EVALUATE and assess what they’ve learned and what they still need to learn through the questions, the diagram, feedback and class discussions
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