Seasons: winter (snow dependent)
Students snowshoe the wintry trails of Barn Beach Reserve. They look for signs of wildlife and uncover adaptations plants and animals use to survive the cold. Along the way, students play games to develop their snowshoeing skills and explore the key design features that help snowshoes function. Back inside, students use natural materials to design and engineer their own pair of snowshoes. Emphasis is placed on the engineering process including research, team collaboration, managing resource constraints and specified testing criteria.
Next Generation Science Standards:
- 3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design 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 Engineering Design 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.
- 4-LS-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior and reproduction.