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ERIC Number: EJ1001701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
The Great Build-a-Buoy Challenge
Dickerson, Daniel; Hathcock, Stephanie; Stonier, Frank; Levin, Doug
Science and Children, v50 n4 p62-66 Dec 2012
As Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education continues to become more visible in elementary school curricula, the need for activities that address STEM content is growing. Build-A-Buoy is one such activity. This activity was developed by Doug Levin in 2008 when he was an education coordinator for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (Levin, Trembanis, and Petrecca 2009), and has recently been used during the NOAA B-WET funded program, Project SEARCH. The basic idea is that students try to build a PVC-pipe buoy that will support as many golf balls as possible while floating freely. There are a wide range of possible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content standards the activity can address, and students can always find some level of success while also being consistently challenged to improve their design and extend their content understandings. Although the authors are describing the Great Build-A-Buoy Challenge in the context of a 5E Learning Cycle (Bybee et al. 2006) lesson for fifth graders, the activity can be easily applied to any grade level with an age-appropriate change in standards, concepts, and vocabulary. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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