Folding Matters

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Have your physical scientists try some engineering origami by examining how the folding of materials can have practical and beneficial applications. Teams use their convoluted cortexes to collaborate on constructing a solar panel that is 30 x 90 cm in size, but that will fit into a standard foil dispensing box. Student handout pages include background reading information, a place to design their panels, and reflection questions. Consider having real examples of foldable items avaiable for your lesson plan, such as an umbrella in its cover, a collapsible cup or telescope, or a hand fan.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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  • A doable and pertinent activity for demonstrating a valuable concept in engineering
  • Fosters teamwork and problem solving experience
  • Ideal for addressing Next Generation Science Standards
  • Teacher's notes and handouts include color photographs
  • Although the lesson plan claims to be appropriate for ages 8 to 18, you may find it best suited for upper-elementary to middle schoolers