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1 Judith LaPlante Powell High School JELAPLANTE@PCSD1.ORG Documenting the process of inquiry, exploration, and problem solving in project based education Engineering Notebooks:

2 Breadth of Students Prepared for STEM Jobs (infused & expert) Engineer/Developer/Scientist Architect Project Manager Accountant Technical Writer Quality Assurance CEO Manufacturing/Assembly Chief Creative Officer Inquiry, exploration, problem solving

3 Stacked Skills “Coachable” Peer Review Articulate Goals and Decision Frameworks Fail Fast, Fail Forward Documenting the Journey Good Communication Process vs Product Real World Communication

4 Answer questions Back up answers with facts Proper formatting Good English conventions Use multi media Process vs Product Show your work Make predictions Make plans Reflect on how it went Real World Talking in front of people Beginner

5 Your Turn Beginner Folder Compare Amazing 1 and Amazing 2 Which one is better? Why? Be Specific on where they meet the expectation for a beginner. Compare Dark Side of the Moon 1 and 2 Which one is better? Why? Be Specific on where they meet the expectation for a beginner.

6 Not capturing when student fails, what failed and why, what to try next? Allowing them to complete the task first then write what they did Introspection is a four letter word Students don’t write in complete sentences They want to regurgitate a fact and I want proof of concept

7 Communication Documents have cover pages Documents organized by date and topic Describe the problem you are trying to solve Plans include parts and drawings Pros and cons Include photo of plans, drawings Process vs Product Include research Break down plans using charts, tables, decision trees, and drawings Break down the process into steps and turn in steps as you go Plans (including break down of work) Real World Produce own documents, not just fill in worksheets Intermediate

8 Your Turn Intermediate Folder Compare: Mission 4 example 1 and 2 Where do they meet the expectation for an intermediate? How do they fall short? Is one noticeably better?

9 Intermediate Other Examples Mission One Aquatic Robot Plan Detailed drawing with mathematical relationships NXT-G Engineering Notebook P 5 – Breakdown of tasks between team members P 10 – poor drawings P 11 – better idea for drawings, tasks being tracked daily Mission 4 Engineering Notebook P1 – requirements and constraints P2 – images of designs P4 – summary of testing, table of movements Team Pandora P3 – using parts to describe robot P4 – Resource List and plan P5 – math to determine distance Final Project P1 – cover page P2 – great drawings P3 – parts list and requirements Pruney Robotics P2 – 4 - research P7 – drawing of plan, used the actual field P8 – weekly feedback Stark Industries P1 – resource list with reasons behind their decisions

10 Can’t describe the problem they are trying to fix Difficult to predict and schedule Students don’t know the basics How to create a table Can’t insert or edit an image Can’t take and insert a screen show Don’t know how to create a cover page

11 Communication Clear description/Objective of task at hand Clear description of constraints More developed Pros and Cons lists (table or bulleted lists) Process vs Product Table of contents kept up to date Description of predictions include evaluation of potential trouble spots and contingencies Real World In-depth study of how technical document differ from research papers and other English papers you do in school Proficient

12 Your Turn Proficient Folder Compare: Team Scooby Snacks and No Comment Notebooks Where do they meet the expectation for proficient? How do they fall short? Is one noticeably better?

13 Proficient Other Examples No Comment Notebook Title page Table of contents Clear description of task at hand Entries in chronological order Clear pros and cons lists Images and links to more information Obstacle Race ELL students – lots of writing Great drawing using tools available

14 Reasoning and criteria for decisions muddled Not using enough domain specific terms Plans are too high level and don’t contain contingencies Pros and Cons only touch the “surface” Entries in order but don’t capture anything but the date Students ignore constraints Unclear goals

15 CommunicationProcess vs ProductReal World Document independence Given set of expectations, students execute on projects Coaching given weekly on document contents Expect students to make changes and improvements every week Students allowed to use more variety of tools at their discretion Advanced

16 Your Turn Advanced Folder Compare: SkillsUSA notebook and Computer Science Notebook

17 Advanced Other Examples Team SnS Large variety of methods to convey images Table of contents by date and topic P3 – chart showing critical thinking P9 – table clearly comparing three designs P13 – clearly comparing three designs for consideration No Comment Notebook More developed table of contents Good breakdown along the engineering process for organization, but did not follow it through until the end P4 – Excellent chart for comparison P6-7 images showing progression of design SkillsUSA Notebook P2 concept of engineering process and how to organize their notebook (good) didn't follow through and that is evident in their final robot project. Trieme Robotics P8 – star ratings to clearly compare designs p5-10 does a good job of the journey of how they looked at arm/claw/base subsystems. CONS - lacks any real criteria for determining and didn't close the loop on other subsystems pg 11/12 has some good hand drawings incorporated. some good pics throughout

18 Not enough peer review Check in/ feedback on the process being ignored Not structuring the document to get the journey Getting “Dear Diary” entries

19 Other Examples Computer Science Independent Study - “advanced” student P1 - Cover page P2+ table of contents, P8 – Initial Entries document goals, problem and solution P9-11 – Code samples, goals, external links, explanations – Off to a GREAT start! CS - Apollo 2000 These are “beginner” students all working on one document Lots of drawings Work is broken down by student so they know who is working on which part of the program CS - RoboBomb 7 “beginner” students working on the same document Good use of headings Broken down by levels and owners

20 Summary Well designed engineering documentation assignments (short term or long term) can help make clear to the students the difference between work product and engineering process Must scale throughout their coursework Starts with guided questions and teaching inquiry and prediction Moves to exploration & problem solving Problem based learning -> project based learning -> challenge based learning Look for the journey not the out come - the inquiry, exploration, and problem solving are most important Create a culture where “failure IS a success” so long as the value created is the learning achieved

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