Teaching the Engineering Design Process (EDP) when doing a science fair project is different than other learning experiences because it has multiple, naturally occurring frustrating spikes for both you and your students. The inquiry-based lesson plans are designed to help reduce the students fear of failure due to these frustrations.
Using the inquiry-based lesson plans will also relieve you from preparing and teaching piles of information that is required of a STEM curriculum. Instead, you will be a facilitator of learning. The book will show you how to wean your students from being dependent on you and gradually you will be able to shift the work to your students. They will be given the opportunity to figure out how to think systematically, solve problems and find answers to their questions. To survive and thrive, your students will learn to develop a stick-to-it attitude.
Students will work in teams, just like real engineers. You will be given guidelines as to how to form these teams.
Students are given a checklist of outcomes after each important step.
Here are the highlights from the 38 Lesson Plans: how to keep a Design Notebook, how to identify a need, how to choose a problem or need to solve, how to write a Problem Statement, how to do Project Research, how to specify Design Requirements, how to write a Design Brief, how to write a Design Solution, how to write a procedure plan, how to test and build a prototype, how to collect data and draw conclusion, how to write a Project Report and Abstract, how to create an extraordinary science fair display board.
A Parent's Guide to Science Fair Projects assists parents on how to help their child without doing the work for them. There is a unique Timeline that will help students to accomplish small outcomes so that they don't get overwhelmed by the this long project. There is a chart that shows parents how to assist their child at each important step.
The Student's Science Fair Guide Using the Engineering Design Process is included in this book, plus a bonus book: Building Your Student's Confidence.
The most comprehensive science fair resource book on the market! This book is like an encyclopedia!