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Designing in Middle School

 

 

Howard Gardner, in his book Five Minds for the Future, purports the importance of the “creating mind, the capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions, and phenomena.” Our 8th graders are doing just that as they take on the roles of ride designers. Putting their learning of Physics to practice, they conducted their second “build”workshop yesterday. Next week, on the 13th, they travel to Universal Studios to apply their learned physics concepts to one of the most extreme roller coasters in the world: Rip Ride Rock It! During the program, students work in small groups using technology to collect and analyze physics data in real-time and learn what makes roller coasters so thrilling. This experience brings science to life and helps the students apply the same concepts to their own ride designs. We’re looking forward to the lessons learned during their trip.