How Would You Catch A Giant Squid? Use Formative!

How would you catch a giant squid? This is the question that Mark Schlaudt posed to his students and it quickly turned into a STEM project! His students used Formative to create digital blueprints of their contraptions before building actual prototypes! How cool is that?

Mark's students discussing the digital blueprints they built on Formative!

Mark's students discussing the digital blueprints they built on Formative!

Mark explains why he used Formative to help his students create and share their digital blueprints:

Formative is one of the best formative assessment tools, as it allows for endless creativity. When a student logs in they are prompted with the question, "How would you catch a giant squid?" They then were able to draw, write, insert pictures or a combination of all three to answer the question. As students worked independently on their blueprints I had the teacher view of the question on my screen which shows a live view of what everyone is working on. With this displayed around the classroom students were able to see, in real time, how others were designing their rigs. This helped to scaffold those that maybe didn't have all the information they needed yet, didn't have an idea of what to do, etc. Students next sat down with their groups and reviewed their blueprints, discussed potential flaws in their models and came up with a new blueprint as a group that ultimately would be translated into a real, working model.”

Students build prototypes, bringing their Formative squid-catching blueprints to life!

Students build prototypes, bringing their Formative squid-catching blueprints to life!

Want to learn more about Mark’s fun STEM project? Follow the link below!

http://twonerdsandacomputer.weebly.com/nerds-blog/how-would-you-catch-a-giant-squid