Make it more real and fuel creative play!
We were able to scan the resistivity meter that our scientist, Mr Ogara, and his crew used to conduct the resistivity tests. His crew loved watching the scanning process! The model is easy to print. We found it best to auto- generate treelike supports to support the lid during printing. I think this would be a great file to print out of student view and use as a mystery object before or after the field mission video.
If you are not familiar with using a mystery box or mystery bag for mystery object games read on! The concept is simple. Place an object (such as the 3D printed resistivity meter) in a bag or box. Don't let students see! Then one at a time students can reach in and feel the object. Encourage them to describe one attribute to their classmates. discourage simply guessing. If a student does make a guess encourage them to justify that guess based on the attributes they can feel. It's a quick and easy way to build language and high level thinking skills.
If you reduce the size of the resistivity meter and increase the size of mini Beth and Curtis you can build a small play set your students can use as props during dramatic play opportunities. We've heard from a couple of kindergarten teachers that Mini Beth and Curtis have had a number of thrilling adventures in their classrooms!
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop fanatic, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!