A class was conducting an inquiry on what technology was needed to explore extreme environments such as the depths of the ocean. When one of the students made an interesting connection between the extreme environments of the deepest parts of the ocean and submarines, the teacher noticed a keen interest in the class, and presented a challenge to create submersibles via the classroom blog.
While many students formed teams for this project, some chose to work individually. The teacher also made a submersible and he posted his trials on his blog for each phase of construction. Through the blog, teams and parents were able to follow and facilitate discussion with each other.
Students brought their submersible to the front of the class and demonstrated/explained:
- What did you learn about submarines?
- What was the greatest challenge you faced? Were you able to overcome this?