Models & Designs Unit Project
As a culminating activity to our Models and Designs unit in Science, you will choose one of the following three projects below. Please keep in mind that it needs to fit on a school-sized desk. We will have a science fair to share your work with other grades and parents upon completion.
· Invention: Design and create a new invention. Make a conceptual & physical model of your invention. Your journal should include notes on why this invention is needed and notes on the design process. Do research to make sure it is a new idea.
· Re-invention: Come up with an idea for an improvement on an existing invention. Make a conceptual and physical model of your re-invention. Your journal should include notes on why the existing invention needs improvements, as well as notes on the design process. Do research to make sure it is not already invented.
· Rube Goldberg Physical & Conceptual Model: Design and build a real working Rube Goldberg Machine using your own design. Your Rube Goldberg machine should have 4-10 total steps to complete its task. Your journal should include notes on the design process. Click here for a link to a powerpoint showing several of R. Goldbergs' conceptual models: Rube Goldberg PowerPoint
Your Project grade will be based on the following (see the back side of this paper):
- Creativity & Innovation of your ideas
- Quality of your conceptual and physical models
- Journal entries
- In class presentation of your project (3 minutes)
PLEASE READ THIS!
- Your journal should be neat, readable, and should include the date and time of entry. Have at least 5 entries. The journal entries should consist of notes from your research, brainstorming, sketches, rough drafts of conceptual models, and other ideas that have to do with your work and the design process. Write down things that did NOT work out, too.
- Remember that conceptual models need labels, notes, arrows, explanations, etc.
- Make sure you look at the reverse side of this paper to see what your in-class presentation needs to include! You will also present informally at the science fair.
- Practice your presentation so that it is about 2.5 to 3 minutes long. I will give a warning when 2.5 minutes are up, and you will need to stop at 3 minutes.
- Parents and other supporters are welcome and encouraged to help in the following areas only: brainstorming, thinking through ideas, practicing for the presentation, and the physical models.Models and Designs Project
Name______________________ Project chosen ___________________
1. Creativity and Innovation
a) Creativity ____/10
b) Innovation in design ____/10
2. Quality of models
a) conceptual model ____/20
b) physical model ____/20
a) At least 5 entries with dates and times _____/5
b) Quality of entries (have you included the items in
the “Please Read This!” section?) _____/15
4. In class presentation
a) Explanation of challenges ____/5
b) Explanation of successes ____/5
c) Explanation of things learned in doing the project ____/5
d) eye contact, posture, voice ____/5
subtotal ____/ 20
Project Total ____/100 points