Where does this lesson fit in with your curriculum (if the lesson is not a fit for the class you teach, how could the lesson be modified so that it is applicable to your curriculum)?
This is not a specific fit, but I have already connected with our high school physics teacher to be on the waiting list for the next session of Astroschool. For me this lesson would fall under a STEM Friday activity. The students would love this activity, and I hope to use it this fall.
Which part or parts of the lesson would your students need extra support in order to successful?
My students have had very little experience with sensors and only some basic experience with coding, this would be a great activity to give them more experience.
If you were to teach this lesson to your class, describe your role during the class. What does a successful teacher actively do during this lesson?
Again, this would be a engineering and design activity and students would be working in cooperative groups to design the experiment. My role would be to offer support and guidance as they worked through their logistics of use and placement of the photoresister and use of the piezo speaker.
If you were to teach this lesson to your class, describe your student’s role during the class. What does “student success” look like?
I could see student groups working to complete individual design schematics and they working together to incorporate team ideas into a more concrete plan of action. I am sure it would be a noisy, but excellent day to hear student engagement! I would be facilitating and helping student groups sort through any questions they might have and looking over their schematic sketches to help see design flaws for them to revise.