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A Webquest for Real World Project-Based Learning
Students become solar designers in this interactive webquest that guides critical thinking and collaboration within the topics of solar energy and engineering. Working in teams, students choose to learn about either solar planes, cars, boats, or rovers and use what they have learned to design their own model of a solar powered vehicle.
WebQuest project-based learning teaches children how to use essential skills for obtaining information and analyzing what they read and view on the Internet. Research has shown that engaging students in real-world based projects increases motivation and learning. By taking part in collaborative group projects, students learn to work together and discuss how to use information for shared learning goals.
The process approach in the webquest provides each student with a learning path that can be differentiated through the choice of topics and level of information provided in the links.
Prior science knowledge is activated through a series of question before students launch into web-based research, accessing a set of provided sites arranged in increasingly higher reading and complexity levels.
The webquest is aligned to both Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (ELA). Other features include a standards aligned assessment rubric, printables, student guided inquiry pages, and web links, and a student Internet resource evaluation tool.