Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Invention Convention: Physics {FREEBIE}

It is time for another freebie! One of my FAVORITE I.B. units of the year is How the world works! We have the pleasure of focusing on forces, motion, and simple machines. There is so much learning that occurs and the students become completely engrossed in it. From playing Angry Birds physics to a roller coaster workshop, it is non-stop action! One of the home experiences during this unit is The Invention Convention.  During the coarse of the experience, students design and build an invention that solves a problem. After the inventions are built, they bring them to school and we create "infomercials" to promote their products. At the conclusion of the unit we host the International School of Monterey's Invention Convention. This showcase gives the students an opportunity to demonstrate their inventions, explain how the forces work, and which simple machines were used in building their inventions. Here is a little promo video from last year's Invention Convention:

I created this using Glogster. If you haven't made a Glog yet, you have to give it a try. It is super-dooper easy and quite impressive! If you click on the images you can watch a few of the infomercials the students created. They are a so cute! If you would like to learn more about how to use Glogs in your classroom, check out this Tech Tip Post!

If you would like some additional physics resources, check my blog regularly and LIKE my Facebook page. I will be adding lots of great resources over the next month!

Lastly, I have a FREEBIE for you! Click the image below to download a sample from my Invention Convention Home Experience for FREE! After you download it, go to the comments and let me know what ideas you have for forces & motion or simple machines!



4 comments:

  1. I love the sound of an Invention Convention! That would definitely be something fun to do with my kids. My friends and I are always talking about how kids don't create anymore. I have a feeling this could be something fun to do with them. I'm also going to have to check out your Glogster post. I've never heard of it, but it sounds interesting. I'm your newest follower :) I found you through Manic Monday!

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  2. Thanks for sharing! This looks like a lot of fun!

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  3. It is an absolute blast! Thanks for stopping in

    Bug hugs,
    Shelly

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