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Shipwreck Challenge - Museum of Science, Boston

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6 to 8
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Shipwreck Survival is a plan for a great "thinking outside the box" activity to engage your students and promote critical thinking and problem solving skills as part of the engineering...more
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Shipwreck Survival is a plan for a great "thinking outside the box" activity to engage your students and promote critical thinking and problem solving skills as part of the engineering design cycle. The activity itself takes approximately thirty minutes and utilizes every day, reusable items so it is inexpensive. There is a downloadable worksheet that you can print for your students, clear instructions, and great background information. It is an ideal small group or team activity. While this activity in real life would happen outside, the simulation can easily be done indoors with some imagination.

tag(s): creativity (90), problem solving (213)

In the Classroom

Set up this activity by talking about creative ways to solve problems and using one's imagination, connecting it to what scientists and engineers do. Have your students agree on what parts of the classroom will represent different parts of nature. For example, desks could be trees. Then group students into fours, give them a box of materials, and have them think and then create different survival gear. Debrief the class by having them show their designed gear, explain how and why it would work, and their thought process. Possibly have students summarize their design on a video. Share the videos on a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here). Then, have other groups respond by suggesting improvements or alternative ideas.
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