Inquiry question 9:
How can the processes of testing and evaluation enable more efficient and more effective, and functional designs?
6.5 Developing projects related to motion
Students learn to:
- Apply problem solving techniques to identified problems related to motion
- Plan, implement and evaluate a sequence of operations for the completion of a design project related to motion
Lessons 25, 26 & 27:
Teacher Demonstration and Discussion: Teacher models safe working procedures for the accurate cutting of cardboard. Teacher to discuss the booking and use of the test track.
- Students to use available technology and safe cutting practices to cut out cardboard template.
- Students to assemble prototype to prepare for preliminary testing.
- Prototype testing.
- Students to develop model and test on designated track.
- Evaluation: Students to journal problems and opportunities for refinement.
Key Questions: Refer back to the Lesson 4 criteria. Does the design need to improve its performance? e.g., more aerodynamic? More efficient?
Ensure safety testing is completed.
Laser cutter or scalpels.
Resources: Equipment for assembly.
A decision on the distance and track would need to be made. This to be informed by criteria developed in lesson 4.
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