Where the Scientific Method and the Engineering and Design Process Meet

At the Curriculum and Instruction Network for Public Charter Schools Mini-Conference, Sarah Mostinger, Cassie Rivaldi, and Jennifer Slabaugh had the opportunity to present on a few of our programs and practices happening at Feaster Charter!

The use of the scientific method and engineering and design process helps guide students through the Next Generation Science Standards. The hands on approach provides students with the ability demonstrate their creativity in a flexible learning environment.

Feaster Charter Science Lab

Using the scientific method to understand more about how scientists work, the students visiting our on campus science lab are immersed in each step of the process. Students work to make and use models, create explanations, discuss using evidence, collect and share information, ask questions, organize data, plan and design investigations, and use mathematical thinking.

Meaningful Lessons in Science

  • Notebooking – keep track of data and information
  • Talk – communicate about the lesson
  • Reflect – think about practices of scientists and concepts in order to help you “science” better
  • Ask – what practice should be used to reach the science goal
  • Visuals – use pictures and symbols to remind the students of each step of the process

Projects and Practices in the Lab

  • Making and using models
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
  • Asking questions
  • Planning and carrying out investigations

Feaster Charter Engineering Lab

Students in grades K-8 have the opportunity to spend one day at week, at least, in a STEAM Makerspace constructed through a partnership with Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab. During their time, they work to go through the engineering and design process to solve problems by creating models and prototypes. The curriculum is aligned to the NGSS and Common Core Standards. Using 1:1 Macbooks, the students experience an individually paced curriculum.

Engineering and Design Process

  • Designing models that work to solve problems
  • Develop a 3-D project out of a 2-D design
  • Explore the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Learn coding, electrical engineering, art, and design

You can find more information about the San Diego County Office of Ed Curriculum and Instruction Network for Public Charter Schools Mini-Conference by visiting SDCOE.

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