Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Science Activity: Design a Cell Phone

Many students own and an have an interest in cell phones.  Channel their interest into this science activity for the middle grades.  This interactive science activity from applies engineering principles by challenging students to design their own cell phone.  

The site presents a problem:  senior citizens are dissatisfied by many popular cell phone designs, and students must come up with a design that addresses the particular needs of that demographic.  The site allows students to research, design, and test their model before it is put on the market for consumers.   The teacher's page for this activity also has tips and extensions, such as designing a cell phone for business people and middle school students.  Discussion questions, printables and assessment tips are included.


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