Designing a Trial

Watch the video to gain insight into an intriguing combination of the engineering process and a game of ring toss. Viewers examine the activity through the eyes of the engineers that first set the criteria for a successful outcome. The episode demonstrates how to identify and isolate variables, and finally single out failure points; all of which are parts of designing a trial. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Bring the video's example to life by playing a game of ring toss to test the isolated variables 
  • Flip the classroom and have individuals view the link at home to save class time for discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • This is the 13th episode in a series of 17 videos that guides pupils through the engineering process 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Learners are fully engaged with the video's entertaining graphics, cartoon characters, sound effects, and silly jokes 
  • All definitions are defined verbally and visually to reinforce the concepts found in the episode 
  • Next Generation Science Standards are aligned
Cons
  • The host speaks rather quickly; be sure to pause or replay the video as needed 
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