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Connecting Engineering at Brookfield Zoo

  • July 23, 2019
  • July 24, 2019
  • Brookfield Zoo, Mary Ann MacLean Conservation Leadership Center

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What exactly is the engineering design process? Come to Brookfield Zoo and find out in this hands on experience! Watch the classroom come to life as you design, build, test, and revise solutions to problems using inexpensive materials and experience real-world science and engineering issues. Then learn how to bring these authentic experiences back into your classroom. The day begins with an adapted mystery science lesson known as the water puzzle. Then, you’ll be out in the zoo to do some research on animal adaptations. With your research in hand, you’ll next participate in an engineering design challenge. Here, you’ll design and construct something (shh it’s a surprise!) to showcase various animal adaptations. All we will say is this: Captains vs. Pirates! After lunch at the zoo, learn how engineering solutions are not always devices in our hands in our Great Pacific Garbage Patch activity. We send you back out after a quick read aloud to become an author of your own book using Book Creator. Everything we do will be stored in our Seesaw class, a tool that you can get better familiar with the day of our trainings. That’s not all though! For day two of this hands on training, get ready to showcase all your skills from day one in our Tram Challenge. Participants will hop aboard the Brookfield Zoo Motor Safari and receive various engineering design challenges at each stop of the tram. Get creative because you really don’t know what to expect next on this wild ride throughout the zoo! Next, you’ll find yourself learning about the various habitats of animals in our mystery habitat Seesaw activity. We will focus on locomotion while we enjoy “Dolphins in Action” before lunch on day two. Then participate in a GooseChase throughout the zoo to capture various types of locomotion different animals exhibit. As a team you’ll reach a consensus circle in order to construct using various materials we provide. Then finally we will reflect in Flipgrid in order to save and share our takeaways. These two days are sure to be filled with excitement, engineering and out of the box thinking!

  • NGSS ETS1.A: Defining and delimiting engineering problems
  • NGSS: ETS1.B: Developing possible solutions
  • NGSS: ETS1.C: Optimizing the design solution
All Grades, $140, 15 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 823)

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