Learning Strategies

Students and teacher working safely

Working Safely

The skill of working safely involves students taking responsibility for their own safe participation, and the safety of others, during Inquiries and Design & Build challenges.
Students analyzing and interpreting

Analyzing & Interpreting

Analyzing data is a process of looking for patterns in data that has been collected through inquiry and figuring out about what the patterns might mean. Interpreting the data is a process of trying to explain the patterns that were discovered.
Students working together

Working Collaboratively

Working collaboratively is the act of working effectively with other students and/or adults within diverse groupings. It is an essential part of conducting science.
Girl with raised hand


Communication is the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, and/or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else.
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Using Appropriate Vocabulary

The skill of using appropriate vocabulary involves exploring new vocabulary in context and developing the ability to use vocabulary to communicate thinking and learning.
Students reflecting on their work with teacher


Reflecting is a process whereby students use critical thinking skills to look back on a learning experience in terms of things that went well and areas where there may be room for growth/change.
Students testing a prototype


A prototype is a working model that is used to test a design solution and is typically what is built or created during a student “Design & Build” challenge.
Students design planning

Design Planning

A design plan lays out ways in which students will develop and test the agreed-upon solution to a Design & Build challenge.
Student having ideas

Idea Generation

When searching for a solution to a design problem in the Design & Build process, many different ideas should be considered. Students may generate ideas to solve problems independently as well as in small and large groups.