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ERIC Number: EJ1126702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Constructing Arguments with 3-D Printed Models
McConnell, William; Dickerson, Daniel
Science and Children, v54 n5 p29-37 Jan 2017
In this article, the authors describe a fourth-grade lesson where 3-D printing technologies were not only a stimulus for engagement but also served as a modeling tool providing meaningful learning opportunities. Specifically, fourth-grade students construct an argument that animals' external structures function to support survival in a particular environment. To develop the lesson, the authors used design-based modeling, a form of instruction in which students engage in engineering design process to develop scientific models that assist in scientific argument (Penner, Lehrer, and Schauble 1998). This article walks readers through the purpose of the model, design challenge, first modeling iteration, second modeling iteration, construction models, model use, model evaluation, revising the models, and assessment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A