Problem Solving by Designby: Brenda M. Capobianco and Nancy Tyrie

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In a unique school—university partnership, methods students collaborated with fifth graders to use the engineering design process to build their problem-solving skills. By placing the problem in the context of a client having particular needs, the problem took on a real-world appeal that students found intriguing and inviting.

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  • on Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:49 PM

This article shows how 5th grade students were able to use an engineering design challenge to problem-solve how to create protective packaging for potato chips. The students designed, constructed and tested their prototypes. Students also learned how to integrate the content vocabulary terms during the unit on forces to help explain why their packaging designs failed. Students used notebooks during the inquiry and samples from different design notebooks are included in the article. Teamwork was also promoted in this engineering design challenge.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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