Grade 3 Roller Coaster Inquiry
We started off by meeting with Ms. Pennarun & Mrs. Wadsworth to discuss the expectations, big ideas and learning goals in the Grade 3 curriculum.
We sparked the students' interest by having them experience a virtual roller coaster through Google Cardboard.
Students discussed and recorded their ideas about Roller Coasters.
Then Mrs. Augot and Mrs. Lagerquist planned out the mini challenges.
After each challenge their was a video reflection on flipgrid or seesaw.
Challenge #1: Pipe cleaner Structure
Students explored Strength & Stability while creating a structure made only of pipe cleaners.
Challenge #2: Mystery Bag Structure
Students were given a bag of materials and they had to create the highest structure they could while still maintaining the strength and stability.
We were surprised to see many students use the bag that the materials came in as part of their structure.
Challenge #3: Newspaper Stool
Students had to create a stool made out of newspaper that was strong enough to hold their teachers.
One reflection on the newspaper stool challenge:
Challenge #4: Roller Coaster Online Designer & Roller Coaster Research
Half of the students used a Roller Coaster Simulator online to test out different coaster designs while the other half did research about roller coasters then they switched.
Challenge #5: Building with K'Nex & LittleBits
Half of the students experimented with creating a chain mechanism with the K'Nex and the other half explored circuits with LittleBits then they switched.
Hangout with an Engineer:
Students come up with questions for our Google Hangout with an engineer.
Thanks to Lisa Crowfoot (the Roller Coaster Engineer) for answering all of our questions.
It was such an amazing experience connecting with her.
Starting to build....
Problem solving and modifying their design as they build.
Some finished Roller Coasters - all unique in their design and execution.
Then Students recorded their reflections on a Padlet.
What worked well? What was challenging? & What did you learn about yourself as a learner?