Plant 2 Trees Project Overview and Resources NSTA Oct.2015

The down and dirty, step-by-step guide for teachers who want to do this project with their students. Goes with the workshop given at National Science Teachers’ Association conference in Reno, October 2015.

Continue Reading October 20, 2015 at 12:21 PM Leave a comment

The nuts and bolts of connecting the science to solar oven design

How to help students understand how to construct and use cross sectional diagrams and ray diagrams to understand the science of solar ovens. Then apply it to their own.

Continue Reading September 22, 2015 at 2:03 PM Leave a comment

PBL: From Tinkering to Thinking

How we are trying to ensure the solar oven challenge results in students learning some science along with how to fool around with foil and duct tape.

Continue Reading September 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM Leave a comment

The scariest part of PBL: Build Days (with the Solar Oven example)

28 middle kids with box cutters and cans of spray paint… The scariest part of PBL was not as bad as I feared. Actually, it was really fun, friendly and even educational. Here’s how…

Continue Reading September 16, 2015 at 1:45 PM Leave a comment

Build a Better Solar Oven: Investigate Optics!

Teaching optics on a need-to-know basis for the “Build a Better Solar Oven” project.

Continue Reading September 15, 2015 at 1:36 PM Leave a comment

Design Thinking: Design a Better Solar Oven!

Post 1 in a series following the invention, implementation and tweaks of a new PBL project. Follow along, try it yourself, post questions and suggestions!

Continue Reading September 8, 2015 at 12:30 PM Leave a comment

A Whole year of 7th Grade Science – the best one yet!

A link to the whole lot – a year’s worth of successful, fun and free curriculum tested at Orinda Intermediate School.

Continue Reading June 11, 2015 at 2:12 PM Leave a comment

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