Day 63: Experimental Design

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College-Prep Physics: We’re wrapping up constant velocity motion, but have 1 week left before Christmas break. So to help prepare students for their midterm projects (which is a student-designed lab experiment), I asked them to design an experiment for a pull-back toy truck. Later in the week they will create a mini-poster and present their poster to peers.

I also gave students some scaffolding with an experimental design packet. While they probably didn’t need it for this activity, I found that last year’s students had  a hard time with experimental design for the midterm and final projects because it was a lot more open ended than today’s activity. They’ll use the packet again for their midterm project proposals.

Here’s the experimental design packet (inspired by an Inquiry Boards framework for younger students): CP Lab Experiment Proposal – Pull Back Car 2014

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About Frank Noschese

HS Physics Teacher constantly questioning my teaching.

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