Lesson 3
Part 1

Thinking Inside the Box: Designing Plant Packages

Evaluating Needs and Creating Criteria (1) / Grade 4 / Winthrop, MA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Thinking Inside the Box: Designing Plant Packages, L3.1

Evaluating Needs and Creating Criteria: Students determine the needs of the plant and the consumer for which they are designing their plant packages.

Reflection Questions

How does Lesson 3 help students to bridge their knowledge of science with the goals of engineering?

Lesson 3 provides an integrated STEM lesson, drawing on knowledge in science and math.

  • While creating the side-by-side list of plant needs and consumer needs, students are introduced to the competing goals or trade-offs that drive technological design. (1:00)
  • By quantifying their observations of plant health into levels, students are introduced to the evaluation component of engineering. (3:52)
  • The introduction of numbers to describe plant health encourages students to compare solutions mathematically. (5:03)