With our documentation and research steps temporarily accomplished, we have moved on to the prototyping stage in our process. Using old and recycled materials, the kids have been using their previously made diagrams and thoughts from their inventors' journals to finally construct a prototype. A look at the two pictures below shows the progression from documentation to research to prototyping.
As per usual, here is a kid to take us inside the action:
One step closer to being an inventor! Typing up a formal patent application is next. We can't wait.
This week we started our formal invention process. While we started our first step, "Document It!" and the second step, "Research It!", odds are good that the majority of our inventors are going to have to go back to the drawing board for one reason or another. These steps will assuredly have to be touched upon again in some capacity. But the young inventors know that. Our read aloud, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor, by Jon Scieszka, has been giving us some fantastic advice. For instance:
"Science is about asking questions, NOT memorizing answers. Failure is just as valuable as success IF you figure out what caused the failure." - Grandpa Al, page 26
"Check, test, recheck and retest, and test some more." - What Klink & Klank do, page 102
Kid Cam? Kid Cam!
BONUS COVERAGE: A few students wanted the responsibility of categorizing all of our donated materials for our prototyping. Here's a look into how that went (and how much stuff we have):
And just in case you're keeping a Common Core tally at home:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.7: Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
K-2ETS1-1: Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
K-2ETS1-2: Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.