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Stephen commented on Rube Goldberg

My classroomis currently dealing with Rube Goldberg.  I haven't done multi class collaboration, but I feel like for that portability would be key. As such I think you would want each team's work to fit in a letter box and have a set trigger, like all must begin with being triggered by a ball rolling in the front right lower corner and end by rolling a ball out of the front left corner.  That way all the group's can place their project in a row and it can work. 


Stephen commented on Student home mentorship

In addition to teaching, I work with an organization (Northern Central Valley Stem Center) that promotes STEM education.  I plan on suggesting working to get small stem kits produced with tiny home stem activities that could be done.  

Really, though, such things could be done as a home project for a class lab, flipping the classroom so a part of the assignment is replicating the findings of the class lab at home with a sibling.  

A perfect example is the candium lab.  All it involves is pouring m&m's from a cup and counting the number of candies face up vs face down.  A sibling would love to take part.  The teacher could have the student replicate the in class experiment, but send each kid home with a fun pack of skittles to repeat their findings and see if the graph is still curved.  They could have their sibling write a small conclusion to the experiment as evidence.

You question about students without siblings is a great point: 

Students who don't have siblings could teach the lesson to a young relative or an adult family member.  In the case of an adult family member it wouldn't be as helpful for a younger child, but the student still gets the benefit of the higher order thinking involved in teaching a lesson.