SLA Novel Engineering & Showcase

  • The School District of University City's Summer Learning Academy - Elementary Division will be offering support for students to participate in Novel Engineering during their Lunch & Learn time. 
    U. City students not enrolled in SLA are welcome to participate at home and join the culmination presentation at the end of the summer session. 

    Novel EngineeringNovel Engineering Planning Questions (Click here for 1-page PDF of the planning sheet)

    1. The book we chose is:
    2. The problem that we want to solve is:
    3. What parameters of the text do we need to consider to solve this problem?
    4. We plan to build a ________________ that will _____________________.
    5. The materials we need include:
      Sketch the plan:
    6. After the first attempt at building our product we realized that __________________
      so we changed our product by _________________________.
    7. Additional changes we made include: 

    Teachers using Novel Engineering for classroom projects will grade according to the following rubric: (Click here for 1-page PDF of rubric)

    Novel Engineering Rubric

     

    Distinguished

    Proficient

    Developing

    Unsatisfactory

    Habits of Mind

    Student consistently displays willingness to try multiple solutions to come up with an innovative result.

    Student explores more than one solution to develop an interesting result.

    Student considers more than one option, but does not actively pursue these additional options.

    Student passively attempts to fulfill the assignment without the thought of other possibilities.

    Reflection and Understanding of the Text

    Student work reflects a deep understanding of the text.  The final result fits into the parameters of the text.

    Student work reflects an understanding of the text.  The final result fits into the parameters of the text.

    Student work shows some understanding of the text. The parameters of the text has been stretched to fit the final result.

    Student work shows little understanding of the text or parameters of the text.

    Craftsmanship

    Work is carefully and thoughtfully crafted.  

    Work is neat and craftsmanship is solid.

    Work is somewhat messy and craftsmanship detracts somewhat from the overall presentation.

    Work is messy and craftsmanship detracts from the overall presentation.

    Responsibility

    Student is on task, respectful of the materials and the work and materials of others.  Student cleans up their workspace without being asked.

    Student is usually on task and respectful of the materials and the work of others.  Student cleans up their workspace willingly after being asked.

    Student is sometimes on task.  Student shows disrespect to the materials or the work of others.  Student must be asked numerous times to clean up their workspace.

    Student is rarely on task.  Student is disrespectful to the materials and the work of other students.  Student’s workspace is not cleaned up at the end of the mod.

     
    For more information about SLA Novel Engineering, contact LaKisha Franks at lfranks@ucityschools.org.