by Chris Kunkel
Published on August 31, 2017
Students will take the role of Droid Attachment Designers and create an attachment for a character in the Star Wars universe.
Create a rubric for the nal presentations to highlight criteria you nd important. Use the littleBits Invention Log Checklist (page 18 of the PDF lesson) as a starting point.
Research and brainstorming sheet (bottom of PDF lesson)
TIPS & TRICKS
Informally pre-assess your students’ familiarity with the Star Wars universe before the lesson to inform how well they will know characters.
3-5-ETS1-1–De ne a simple design problem re ecting a need or a want that includes speci ed criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
3-5-ETS1-2–Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
3-5-ETS1-3–Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
MS-ETS1-1–De ne the criteria and constraints of a design problem with su cient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scienti c 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 di erences 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 modi cation of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.