Looking for a fun way to wrap up your engineering unit? This invention convention STEM project brings inventions to life and captures imaginations as students answer the question: What does it take to invent something new?
Your students will be guided through the engineering design process of designing as they solve a problem with technology! This project guides students through the following steps in a 16 page booklet:
- To Do Checklist
- Define a Problem
- Brainstorming Solutions
- Pre Conference Form with Teacher
- Develop a Model
- Materials List
- Materials Request Letter
- Daily Progress Logs
- Create a Poster
- 2 User Testimonials
- Self Evaluation
- Formative Rubric
- Summative Rubric
Who is this resource for?
This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9.
How Can I Use this Resource?
- Formative or Summative Assessment
- Inquiry based instruction
- Creation of Independent Work Packet for students who are not able to be present for direct instruction.
- Extension activity for early finishers or for students who show a special interest in the topic
Summative & Formative Rubrics
7 Mini Lessons Covering:
- Day 1: Project Overview
- Day 2: Technology and Engineers
- Day 3: Obsolete Technologies
- Day 4: Steps of the Engineering Design Process
- Day 5: Intended Benefits and Unintended Consequences
- Day 6: Engineering and Society
- Day 7: Preparing for the Invention Convention
Print & Digital Student Booklet
Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Slide version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.
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NGSS Standards covered:
MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
MS-ETS1-4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.