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Sara commented on Taking a traditional lab a step further

For those asking how it can be applied to other topics or grade levels, it's a matter of activity design. For instance, when studying erosion, give students the materials with guidelines, but not the final answer. Don't show them what should happen, give them the tools to make erosion happen. As well, with a topic like density/buoyancy, instead of telling students to make a foil boat to hold lots of pennies, give them multiple materials to design, and redesign a vessel to hold the most pennies. I would also suggest that not ever task can be designed this way, but with ingenuity, many can be rethought or redesigned to allow students to build off prior knowledge that they discover while in the middle of the task.