Lesson 4
Part 1

Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills

Designing a Windmill (1) / Grade 2 / Framingham, MA

EiE - Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills, L4 Part 1

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The EIE Curriculum

Students focus on the mechanical engineering problem of capturing wind energy to do work as they imagine, plan, create, test, and improve their own windmills. 

Reflection Questions

What strategies does Pat use to guide her students to focus on the steps of the Engineering Design Process (EDP)?

Pat does a review of the steps of the EDP at the beginning of the lesson, reminding students of what they’ve already accomplished. She also uses the corresponding Lesson 4 worksheets for visual emphasis.

  • Pat does an in-depth review of the steps of the EDP during the introduction to the lesson. (0:01-1:20)
  • She also reviews the questions students answered as part of the Ask step. (1:20)
  • Pat holds up the EDP duplication master sheets that apply to each of the steps students will be using. (5:30)

What unique assessment opportunities do Pat’s interactions with small groups provide?

During small-group discussions, Pat is able to ask questions to help clarify her understanding of student thinking.

  • Pat guides student to draw exactly how the foil will be attached to the stick, and asks him to choose his best idea and explain why he feels that will be the best. (8:55)
  • Pat asks a student whether the foil will be flat or bent, and why that’s important. (10:30)
  • Pat asks two girls to explain how their design is going to work. They explain the changes they made based on previous testing. (2:40)