Push my thinking
My initial design for the box was fairly simplistic and there wasn't a lot of room for complex models and testing. Please DON'T publicly post ideas about how to make the box's behavior more complex, but do be aware that some of your students may "crack" this box's design almost instantly and you need to be prepared to challenge them with follow-up questions when they do! What kinds of extension activities can you ask a particularly quick group to work on if they reach a conclusion on their model long before other groups do?
"Black Box" Intro to Modeling Project
Problem of practice
How do you engage students in developing deep,durable conceptual understanding through the modeling of the modeling process itself? Many 9th graders that find themselves in a Physics first high school science sequence have a lot of misconceptions about the very process of modeling in science. How can we even begin a modeling sequence when students think that science is just a set of answers, and their job is to memorize and regurgitate?
Through forming and testing conjectures about a "black box" device, and reflecting on this process, students can get an idea for what kinds of activities you will have them do in your class for the rest of the year.
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