I have been thinking about Design Thinking around engineering activities. One activity my students did involved hovercraft. Students learned about how air can reduce friction. They had the opportunity to ride a large hovercraft another teacher at my school and I built. The teacher riding the hovercraft in the photo really enjoyed himself.
Students then were given an old CD and provided with a variety of different sized and shaped balloons. We also supplied different types of tape. We allowed students to ask for materials we did not have out. A common request was for a pin. Students were challenged to create a hovercraft so the CD "floated" on their table. Students asked us what we expected from their design. We explained to students that we wanted a hovercraft that floated the longest. Student questions lead to a variety of designs. Students were thrilled to create their own hovercraft. I enjoyed having students question me regarding my hopes and expectations. It was challenging to NOT tell students what the final design should look like.
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