Ending the year on a last engineering problem. As a team the students were asked to design a car that the big bad wolf ( uh a fan ) could blow the furthest. They were asked to conduct two trials before the final competition. For each trial they where asked to total the number of K'nex pieces, weigh it and then measure the distance. This information was then recorded on their data sheet. They were asked to reflect and adjust their vehicle. There was a great deal of dialogue, changing or modifying ideas and experimenting. Teams encouraged each other and spontaneous applause and praise erupted multiple times.
This was a complex task that involved many academic, social and cognitive skills to complete. I was very proud of their efforts especially after failed attempts. I complimented and encouraged many myself.
They have come so very far working as teams. Each team had a final car to submit the last day. This was a wonderful way to end the last week of school when there are so much going on. It kept them focussed, learning and engaged.