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ERIC Number: EJ955983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Drivers, Start Your Glue Guns: Using Model Stock Cars to Explore Motion and Force Concepts
Angle, Julie
Science Scope, v35 n4 p45-51 Dec 2011
The recently released document "A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas" emphasizes the importance of engaging students in practices of science and engineering to help them understand how scientific knowledge about the natural world develops. The document identifies eight essential elements of the K-12 science and engineering curriculum: (1) asking questions and defining problems; (2) developing and using models; (3) planning and carrying out investigations; (4) analyzing and interpreting data; (5) using mathematics, information and computer technology, and computational thinking; (6) constructing explanations and designing solutions; (7) engaging in argument from evidence and; (8) obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information (NRC 2011). The lesson shared in this article provides science teachers with an example of how to implement these eight essential elements into classroom practice. In this lesson, students design a vehicle made entirely out of pasta and hot glue to explore motion and force concepts. (Contains 9 figures and 7 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States