Project EQ: The Hoover Tower Commission
1 Memo (Hook)
Students will be introduced to the unit with a very brief Animoto video, followed by a memo that each student will receive through Edmodo accounts. A discussion will follow to clarify objectives, discuss ELOs, redefine project goals and assessments. Once students are clear on tasks and objectives, teams of 2 will read selcted textual materials (iTunesU, USGS.org, etc.). A Google form will be linked through Edmodo accounts to direct and guide teams through research, design, testing, and completion activities.
2 Research (D.I., G.P)
Using iTunesU, student teams will begin background reading and research of seismic activity, earthquake faults, etc. Gathered data and information will be stored in Google Drive accounts. Students will also be encouraged to save images and graphics that support their research. Google Earth will be employed to find viable locations for constuction sites.
3 Testing-Independent Practice
Students will use construction materials provided to build test models in order to gather physics data on engineered framework construction for their tower proposals.
4 Sharing (Wrap up)
Students construct a 3D model of their final designs based on engineering data collected in testing phase of design. Students then finish final proposal to the Hoover Engineering Commission using a presentation app such as Prezi, Keynote, etc. Assessment is conducted using a rubric distributed though Edmodo with an embedded Pages document. Presentations to the "commission" are done in class session with all students present.