Conic Crashes

Unsuccessful parts of a building project

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I'm struggling with how much instruction to give students when I want them to make.  If I don't give enough instruction, it is a disaster and the work is low quality.  If I give too much instruction, all of the students projects look exactly like mine.  

Recently I had 5 groups of juniors build conic projects: an elliptical ferris wheel, parabola cooker, conic model, elliptical pool table, wave tank.

Some projects were successful. Some where a disaster.  How might we help teachers build the right amount of instruction so that students are makers and not just copiers. 

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