Engineers use the Engineering Design Process to identify and create effective solutions to problems. You’ll notice similarities between the CU Boulder Engineering Design Process and the SmartLab Learning Project Cycle.
In this week’s challenge, we increase student engagement through gamification and creating a community of “players.”
If you read the first post of our Lessons from the Field series, you know that many teachers like you are supporting distance learning for the first time. This series is your chance to learn from colleagues while sharing your thoughts with us in the comments. (If you missed last week’s installment, read about the power of choice.)
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of LEGO. And I don’t just mean the plastic building blocks. I’ve loved the company and what it stands for since I wrote my first research paper on The LEGO Group when I was in middle school. After all, the company’s brand values focus on imagination, creativity, learning, and fun—exactly what I strive to do as an educator.
As disruptive as COVID-19 is, I am also struck by the extraordinary things happening across the country. First, I learned that the auto industry in my region was retooling to build ventilators, and then I saw the video of Tesla’s engineers working to develop ventilators from car parts.