ERIC Number: ED439965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Construct-a-Boat. Science by Design Series.
This book is one of four books in the Science-by-Design Series created by TERC and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It challenges high school students to investigate the physics of boat performance and work with systems and modeling. Through research, design, testing, and evaluation of a model boat, students experience the practical application of mass, speed, and acceleration while applying the math and science necessary to build a scale model. The activities have assessment suggestions and Internet extensions through the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) sciLINKS program and are designed to meet the new International Technology Education Standards as well as the National Science Education Standards. Key ideas include: (1) "Forces, Speed, and Acceleration"--as they seek to meet the design specifications of the boat, students learn about mass, speed, acceleration, and forces through practical application of these concepts. Students investigate the relationships among these variables through qualitative observation and quantitative measurement of changes and rates of change in each variable; (2) "Systems"--students work with variables to study system behavior and learn to construct the feedback loops that determine the limits of model boat performance; (3) "Modeling"--students apply the science and math necessary to build an accurate scale model and extend this analysis to computer modeling. Homework and class assignments guide students through problem-solving in algebra, plane and solid geometry, and making connections to other disciplines; and (4) "Inquiry and Design"--students undertake inquiry and design as iterative, multi-disciplinary processes through which to develop abilities in identifying, creating, investigating, decision-making, building, testing, and evaluating. Appendices contain inquiry and design processes, text reconstruction, and sample answers. (Contains a glossary and 26 references.) (CCM)
Descriptors: Construction (Process), Design, High Schools, Maritime Education, Physics, Problem Solving, Research Methodology, Resource Materials, Science Activities, Teaching Methods, Technology
NSTA Press, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Web site: http://www.nsta.org.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: TERC, Cambridge, MA.; National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA.