3+ (Ages 8+)
40 minutes per lab
Unit Essential Question(s)
- How can I use tools to help solve authentic problems?
- How are mechanisms used in everyday life and work?
The following concepts will be covered throughout this Unit:
- How tools or mechanisms can be used to make things easier.
- How mechanisms can be used in work and life applications.
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Unit Standards will be addressed in every Lab within the Unit.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
ISTE - (3) Knowledge Constructor - 3d: Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
How Standard is Achieved: Lab 1: During the Engage and Mid-Play Break, the students will discuss how mechanisms are used in assisted living facilities to help people. Students will share their thoughts and ideas about how real-world problems like limited mobility can be solved using mechanical devices, such as the Adaptation Claw. During the Play Part 2, students will be presented with a challenge where their mobility is limited to simulate a real-world problem. Students will have to develop a plan to stack as many plastic cups as they can in one minute using the Adaptation Claw, while experiencing limited mobility.
Lab 2: In the Engage section, students will connect their experiences with sharpening a pencil to how mechanisms help to make tasks easier. Students will have a conversation during the Mid-Play Break about grabbers and other mechanisms used to pick up trash, and which items from their checklist would be best picked up by the Adaptation Claw in real-world situations.