This week we have been exploring science through the lens of engineering. First of all we explored the simplest of machines- screws, wedges, wheels, gears, pulleys, levers and inclined planes.
After designing and creating a pinwheel. Each group was asked to ensure that no individual had the same design, but that the pinwheel did need to function. The results were phenomenal! The extreme range of machines created by the students just cutting and folding different parts of the paper were surprising.
We also looked at the design process from a Science stance- Asking about and Identifying the problem, Imagining plausible solutions, Planning the materials and methods needed, Creating and Testing the design and then Reflecting and Improving upon it.