Teaching inquiry, collaboration, and technology through inquiry, collaboration, and technology.

Next week my Engineering Design students are embarking on their end of year individual design projects.  Their goal is to use the Engineering Design process to design something cool.  My goal is to try to keep track of the progress of 90 different projects. Last year I used a (way to complex) spreadsheet for each […]


Robot Bowling

February 27, 2013 No Comments

Robotics Course

My Engineering class’s final team design challenge of the year is a robotics competition.  I only had the simplest robotics set-up for them to use (2 LEGO WeDo motors attached to the Scratch programming language) so I had to be a little creative to make the challenge interesting.  Here’s the breakdown the kids are getting […]


Don’t Be Boring

February 21, 2013 No Comments

P4G5 Wind Turbine Presentation

As my Engineering class began preparing final design presentations for their Wind Turbines last week I had groups brainstorm the 5 most important things to think about when preparing digital slides for a presentation.  Having already sat through two periods of presentations at the end of the last design project, they had some strong opinions […]


After many failures, half-successes, and mid-unit surrenders I think I’ve finally figured out a solid way to incorporate differentiation into my project-based group engineering units.  I think this kind of timeline could work with any long-term project-based unit. First, here is a broad outline of my recent Wind Turbine Unit. Define the objectives, criteria, and […]