Here are my reflections on some of the activities in the curriculum:
I appreciate the attention to question formation in both the Understand and Ideate phases. The first activity in Understand, Dive into the research: Research questions, seems like a helpful tool in teaching students how to research and to develop questions to guide that research. I like the video and the step-by-step process and examples that this activity provides. I work with young teens, and often they don’t know how to research a topic well yet. In addition, they sometimes have trouble narrowing down what they want to know and how to frame a research question. These tools will definitely help.
Then, in the Ideate phase, I love the How Might We activity. It engages students in discussion and collaboration to clarify the issue and develop an actionable goal. Again, they are forming a question that will guide their effort to find an answer. The focus is on possibility.
Here is my prototype:
I have a simple bottle, with a domed cap that would house the filter and a spout for drinking.