Beginning at the End
The goal of this STEM PBL is for students to create a cereal box, in a shape other than a rectangular prism, using a 20-inch x 30-inch sheet of cardboard or poster board. The cereal box must be self sealing, openable, and reusable. Students will present their product, and all of their findings.
What to Know BEFORE You Start
- This STEM PBL is aimed at on-level high school students.
- For this STEM PBL to be successful, students must: know how to find the area of two-dimensional shapes, be familiar with developing and using formulas to find area and volume of shapes and solids, be familiar with multiple representations of shapes and solids.
- Students should be grouped so that each students talents complement the talents of the other members.
- Calculate surface areas and volumes of prisms, pyramids, spheres, cones, cylinders, and composites of these figures in problem situations.
- Calculate areas of polygons, circles and composite figures.
- Use nets to represent and construct 3D figures.
- Analyze the relationships between 3D geometric figures and related 2D representations and use these representations to solve problems.
- Work productively with others.
- Participate in teams, building on ideas of others, contributing to relevant information, developing a plan for consensus-building, and setting ground rules for decision-making.
- Write expository and procedural or work-related texts to communicate ideas and information that include organized and accurately conveyed information.
- Write persuasive texts to influence the attitudes or actions of a specific audience on specific issues.
- Write an argumentative essay to the appropriate audience that includes an analysis of the relative value of specific data, facts, and ideas.
Visual Media Analysis and Production
- Produce visual representations that communicate with others.
- Use a range of techniques to create a media text and reflect critically on the work produced.
- Use a systematic approach to answer specific laboratory and field investigative questions.
- Communicate valid conclusions supported by the data through various methods such as lab reports, labeled drawings, graphic organizers, journals, summaries, oral reports, and technology.
- Communicate ideas through artwork using a variety of media with appropriate skills
- Express thoughts and ideas creatively while challenging the imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and progressive problem-solving skills.
- Use visual solutions to create original artwork by problem solving through direct observation, original sources, experiences, narrations, and imagination.
- Use a variety of technology tools to gather information.
- Use technology tools to present data and information.
- Discuss the purpose of teams, discuss the functions of different roles within the teams, and actively participate within teams, and actively participate within one with a positive attitude.
- Use consistent units for all measurements and computations.
- Engage in design and prototype development.
- Complete work according to established criteria.
- Develop a plan for implementation of an individual product.
- Calculate surface area, volume, and perimeter of shapes and solids.
- Use precise measurements.
- Use and construct nets for 3D shapes.