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In this engineering design challenge, students build a quiz board they can use all year long!

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In this engineering design challenge, students build a quiz board they can use all year long! In the first part of this activity, students learn about and create a simple circuit. Next, they brainstorm how to make a quiz board that will light up when the correct answer is chosen. Then they draw a circuit diagram and determine how much wiring they will need that offers the most flexibility in modifying the design. Once their plan is complete, students build and test their quiz boards. A great way to review any science concepts with increased student engagement and investment in their own learning! Complete for 30 students working in pairs.1.5-V batteries and holders required and available separately.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
MS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
MS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution
HS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
HS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
HS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
MS-ETS1-4. Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.