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Students can be organized groups of two to four students when engaging in the Seek section.

The following roles can be utilized:

  • Part Gatherer - This person ensures that the builders have all of the parts that they need for each step.

  • Builder 1 - This person will build the first half of the M.A.D. Box (steps 1-5).

  • Builder 2 - This person will build the second half of the M.A.D. Box (steps 6-10).

  • Building Tips - This person ensures that the builders are not missing crucial pieces of information noted in the building tips for each step.

If there are two students in each group, the students can each choose two roles. If there are three students in a group, one person can be the sole builder. If there are four students in a group, each student can have one role.

Provide the list of roles and their definitions to the students. Once students are in their groups, allow the members to choose their role. Circulate the classroom and makes sure that every student has a role. There is an optional collaboration rubric on this page (Google Doc / .docx / .pdf).

Remind the students of roles throughout the exploration. For roles to work, students have to feel as though they will be held accountable for fulfilling those roles. Therefore, interject if you see a student taking over someone else’s role or not fulfilling their assigned role. Reminders about who is supposed to be doing what can be useful interventions.