Third grade students followed the engineering design process to solve the forces of motion module problem of rescuing a trapped tiger at the zoo. Taking what they learned about forces, magnet interactions and simple machines, students built and evaluated a compound machine to lift a tiger to safety. It was amazing to see how each group chose to solve the problem in a unique way. Here are just some of the models students created combining at least two simple machines to make a compound machine. Check your student’s Seesaw journal to see a video of their model in action!
This is my tenth year teaching and my second with Ann Arbor Public Schools. I spent the first eight years of my teaching career as a K-8 technology teacher. I joined AAPS last year as a Media Specialist and I am thrilled to be a part of PLTW this year! In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, baking and spending time with family and friends!