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Technology-Lab Station #5:

Problem-Solving (Teams)

Description: The problem-solving station helps students to practice problem solving and to apply basic (mathematics, scientific, etc.) skills to meaningful real-world situations. It builds on the appreciation, synthesis, and evaluation part of their learning. A goal of this station is to equip students with some creative problem-solving skills that will help them to confidently handle change and new situations. Students will participate in:

  • Productive thinking or brainstorming activities,
  • Hypothesis formulation
  • Decision-making
  • Planning
  • Experimentation, and
  • Evaluation

Student Materials: Students will bring journals/notebooks for recording ideas and insights about what they are learning and doing.

Station Equipment and Materials: A variety of equipment and materials are used at the problem-solving station. Students and teachers can exercise creativity in selecting equipment to be used at this station. Basic equipment could be a computer (or two) and a VCR.

  • Low-tech - large drawing pad, chalkboard, or white board for brainstorming, planning, and decision-making activities.
  • Mid-tech - overhead with blank transparencies & pens for the same activities listed under low-tech.
  • High-tech - Computer with a word processing program such as WORD and data processing such as EXCEL.

Activities: Activities will vary according to topic/subject matter. The activities will be designed for hands-on, experiential learning.

State Standards: Listed here should be any state standards your state may require you to address at a particular grade level such as the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) document.

National Standards and Benchmarks: Listed here should be standards suggested by the aforementioned documents.

Assessment: Notes and summaries of team activities such as completion of a flowchart, brainstorming, decision-making, planning, etc. can serve as assessment.