Build Your Dream Science Lab

Would your ideal science lab be filled with bubbling beakers and zapping Tesla coils? Or would it contain state-of-the-art computer technology and data analysis? Dream big with an innovative lesson that connects math and language arts concepts to the design of a science lab. After viewing their school's existing lab in action, learners work together to design the perfect lab and write up a proposal that compiles the information they have gathered along the way.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Although the lesson is a fictional exercise, consider presenting their end project results to the administration or parent-teacher association to see if they can help fund a dream science lab for the school
  • Group students by their strengths (math, science, creativity, writing) to ensure heterogenous and mutually supportive groups of three or four
  • Tailor time frame and due dates to class needs
Classroom Considerations

  • Tablets, laptops, or computers are necessary for the assignments
  • Lesson prompts groups to observe a lab taking place; make arrangements with a science teacher to view the most representative lab session possible
Pros

  • Unit creates interdisciplinary connections between math and language arts in the 21st century classroom
  • Aligned to Common Core Standards as well as National Education Technology Standards
Cons

  • The first few links to rubrics do not work