Future City Design Unit

I believe that teaching students problem solving is one of the most important skills a teacher can instill. The trick is finding a way for students to solve relevant problems, in a fun way that gives students ownership over their solution. The Future City Design Unit is, in my opinion, a great combination of problem …

Digital Design Treehouse Unit

One of my favorite units to teach is the Digital Design Treehouse Unit. In this unit, students first design a treehouse on paper. Then, using a simple program like MS Paint, they create their treehouse using a computer or other device. Finally, the students have the opportunity to print off their treehouse design, and share …

How to Teach a Water Bottle Rocket Project

I’ve spent years teaching design and science, and by far my favorite end of the year project is the Water Bottle Rocket Project. It is fun, exciting, gets students outside, and it really challenges students to use all the skills they’ve been working on throughout the whole year. In other words, it is the perfect …