As an instructor, it is often easiest to just teach scientific fact. However, this wasn’t always the most effective way to engage students. I found that the best way to let students grow in engineering education was to give them simple experiments that related to everyday experience.
For this lesson plan, you can use something as simple as screws to encourage students to discover facts on their own, in a more meaningful way. Our lesson uses this base knowledge to grow the idea of screws and even pulls in previous knowledge (an inclined plane can be a screw) to challenge learners’ thinking.
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Matthew Dear is the Senior Curriculum Developer at Enable Education. Matt combines his extensive experience of creating diverse courses and course materials with a desire to promote new and exciting learning strategies. He also loves the Boston Red Sox, but don’t hold that against him.
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