Sensemaking is actively trying to figure out how the world works (science) or how to design solutions to problems (engineering). Students do science and engineering through the science and engineering practices. Engaging in these practices necessitates that students be part of a learning community to be able to share ideas, evaluate competing ideas, give and receive critique, and reach consensus. Whether this community of learners is made up of classmates or family members, students and adults build and refine science and engineering knowledge together.
Students watch a video of a quick tire change and wonder about how NASCAR tires are made and what happens to them after the race. They split into two groups to read an article and share the information from the article to revise a model about the life cycle of a NASCAR tire.
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Per Small Group (2 to 4 students)
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