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Carlton students solve problems with machines

Carlton ninth-grade physical science students are learning problem solving skills with hammers and screwdrivers. Their knowledge of potential and mechanical energy is put to the test as they design and build machines to do jobs in the classroom. ...

Carlton ninth-grade physical science students are learning problem solving skills with hammers and screwdrivers. Their knowledge of potential and mechanical energy is put to the test as they design and build machines to do jobs in the classroom. The hand-built contraptions must include six different machines and make an everyday problem simple. Inspired by Rube Goldberg cartoons of wacky machines and the old board game "Mouse Trap," the students learn to apply inquiry and problem solving approaches in science. They must also defend their problem solving strategies and solutions in a presentation of their machine to the class.

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