I am working on a unit plan for Forces and Simple Machines for my practicum in April / May. My hope is to introduce construction of simple machines in a way that makes students want to start building and experimenting without worrying whether their design is right or wrong. I have two ideas for inspiration. One is an OK GO video that uses a massive Rube Goldberg Machine:
The video was made with a company called Synn Labs and these folks specialize in contraptions.
Another fun intro piece I’m hoping to use is a book that my classmate Britney brought to our class. Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty is a story of never giving up on your pursuits.
Now to work the concepts of Experiment Design and Fair Testing into the lessons…that’ll be fun.
Thanks for reading, friends.