Students were encouraged to choose a project topic based on their own interests. This student chose robots. He spent the first part of the project doing research. How are robots used? When was the first robot created? How can I build my own robot? He created a report and a display about what he learned.
While researching, he found the Bristol Bot kits. He ordered one and followed the instructions to make a robot. After all this preparation, he realized that he could design and create his own robot. He used the remote from his Lego car to create a robot that lifted a pop can up and down. He had to keep making changes (e.g., adding pieces, altering the design) until the robot eventually worked.
I can get new ideas in areas in which I have an interest and build my skills to make them work.
I generate new ideas as I pursue my interests. I deliberately learn a lot about something by doing research, talking to others, or practicing, so that I can generate new ideas about it; the ideas often seem to just pop into my head. I build the skills I need to make my ideas work, and I usually succeed, even if it takes a few tries.
I can ask questions and consider options. I can use my observations, experience, and imagination to draw conclusions and make judgments.
I can ask open-ended questions, explore, and gather information. I experiment purposefully to develop options. I can contribute to and use criteria. I use observation, experience, and imagination to draw conclusions, make judgments, and ask new questions. I can describe my thinking and how it is changing. I can establish goals individually and with others. I can connect my learning to my experiences, efforts, and goals. I give and receive constructive feedback.