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Using inquiry and problem-solving approaches, these learning experiences build upon students’ interests, support curricula, literacy and numeracy, and foster children’s skill development.

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Observe and Record

Observe and Record encourages students to use all of their senses to gather information about the world around them and to record their observations to support further learning.

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Making Comparisons

Making Comparisons is a way of thinking about two or more objects, ideas and/or events to find out how they are the same and how they are different.

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Design & Build an Irrigation System

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a simple irrigation system that will transport water to at least two plants from one source without leaking.

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Design & Build a Dam

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a dam that holds back a given volume of water for a certain time.

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Sorting Mats

Sorting Mats support students as they develop skills such as sorting, classifying, and organizing data, information and/or objects. There are a variety of different ways that students can organize sort, classifying and/or organize, such as using bins/baskets, table mats or hoops, T-charts and Venn diagrams.

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Inquiry Journal

Inquiry Journal provides students with a basic framework in which to record their Inquiries. Students record their wonderings/questions, their predictions, the steps in their inquiry, and their observations and conclusions.

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Reflecting

Reflection, in terms of the Design & Build process, involves analyzing the results from prototype testing and determining how well the design met the established criteria.

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Prototyping

A prototype is a working model that is used to test a design solution and is typically what is built or created during a student “Design & Build” challenge.

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Design Planning

A design plan lays out ways in which students will develop and test the agreed-upon solution to a Design & Build challenge.

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Idea Generation

When searching for a solution to a design problem in the Design & Build process , many different ideas should be considered. Students may generate ideas to solve problems independently as well as in small and large groups.

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It’s All in the Shape

Students develop and apply the skills of observing, comparing and contrasting and drawing conclusions they learn about the strength of different shapes used in structures.

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Problem Identification

The first step in the Design & Build process is the identification of the key problem to be solved or need to be addressed.

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Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a learning strategy that encourages students to contribute to the free flow of ideas in small or large groups using a structured process.

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Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning is an approach to learning and teaching in which a group of students work together to achieve a common goal (e.g., to solve a problem, meet a challenge, answer a question, share learning).

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Group Talk

Group Talk is a learning strategy that assists students in learning how to share their ideas and questions as well as to listen to the ideas and questions of others.

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