Day 136: Trebuchet Testing
Not my class, but our school’s “Engineering and Design” class. I’m on the fence about projects like these for physics, because, on one hand, the physics that students actually need to know and apply to their design is minimal. On the other hand, these types of design projects give students experience with non-testable skills like materials management, working with tools to build something, and group interactions. On the third hand, they help contribute to a positive classroom environment that will be remembered long after the worksheets, quizzes, and equations are forgotten.
What type of design projects do you do? How do you tie them into your curriculum?