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Thursday, May 21 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Designing a Coat for Mt. Everest - An Engineering Design Project

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Our teams of students began the engineering design process by defining the problem. Students were asked to design a coat that would keep them warm, be thin, and low in cost (Building Math, Boston Museum of Science). Fifth and sixth graders designed and tested their prototypes in teams of four. Burton designers Skyped with the class to describe the design process, collaboration and communication skills that their company uses. Students were able to ask questions, touch materials the experts’ use (they sent us boxes of labeled samples, a dissected coat, insulators, trim, tape etc.). Students created an iMovie to communicate their first design and the design process for feedback before they redesigned. WCAX also came to interview the students on this hands-on project and the process of connecting to community experts. In addition, students were able to interview a local mountaineer (parent) that had climbed Denali and shared the technology he relies on. Each student will synthesize the experiences and use evidence to show what they learned regarding the NGSS engineering practices and how it connects to the real world as a summative.

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avatar for Emily DiGiulio

Emily DiGiulio

Library Media Specialist, Fletcher Elementary
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Tracey Godin

5/6 Grade Teacher, Fletcher Elementary
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Denette Locke

STEM Teacher Leader, Fletcher Elementary School
I believe in hard-work, dedication and having fun in all I do both professionally and personally. I love my colleagues and students and strive to learn something new everyday with them. I enjoy my family, our farm and friends.
avatar for Jasmine Tremblay

Jasmine Tremblay

5-6th Grade STEM Teacher, Fletcher Elementary School


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Joyce 201

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