Lesson 4

Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles

Designing a Submersible / Grade 3 / Naples, FL

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles Lesson 4

Students apply their knowledge of floating and sinking and ocean engineering as they imagine, plan, create, test, and improve their own submersible.

Reflection Questions

What classroom techniques does Glen use to guide his students through the Engineering Design Process (EDP)?

Glen posts the EDP around his classroom as a reference for his students and uses the intro and wrap up in Lesson 4 as a way to reinforce the EDP.

  • Glen refers back to the storybook and asks his students what process Despina used to solve her problem. (00:42)
  • Glen reinforces what step his students are on by projecting “imagine” onto the whiteboard. (01:14)
  • Glen has the steps of the EDP taped to the wall as a reference for his students. (2:29)
  • Glen wraps up Lesson 4 by asking his students what process they used to solve their design challenge. (10:08)

How does Glen respond when students’ designs do not work as expected?

Glen encourages his students to see engineering failures as a learning opportunity.

  • During the improve step, Glen uses one group’s failure to make their submersible float as a learning opportunity about density. (8:42)
  • In his interview, Glen reinforces failure as a learning opportunity for both teachers and students. (10:22)