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Slider Science Learning Integrating Design, Engineering, and Robotics
Slider science learning integrating design, engineering, and robotics
Marion UsselmanMike Ryan

Figure 4.1 Assembled LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Kit

Image courtesy of the authors.

Science Learning Integrating Design, Engineering and Robotics (SLIDER) is an inquiry and project-based learning curriculum designed to teach middle school physical science disciplinary content, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts within regular middle school physical science classrooms. SLIDER students use LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT kits to investigate and learn about force, motion, and energy (see Figure 4.1). During the two 3- to 4-week units, students organize, think about, and design solutions for engineering challenges, and, in the process, actively engage in investigations, data analysis, and scientific argumentation.

The SLIDER materials consist of (a) two comprehensive workbooks that ...

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