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Cambridgeport Working Classroom Models

Cambridgeport Working Classroom Models
This is the image for the news article titled Cambridgeport Working Classroom ModelsStudents in the 4th Grade at the Cambridgeport School have built electrically working models of classrooms as a performance assessment for their study of electricity. This project was originally designed using the Expeditionary Learning framework by fellow Cambridgeport teachers during a 5 day sabbatical at the Museum of Science sponsored by Genzyme 2 years ago. Groups of students are given a cardboard box and are asked to turn it into a model classroom with working electrical model appliances. They are given batteries, wire, light bulbs and motors. They are also given an outlet, a plug and a switch, just like the actual ones in their classrooms. Students have to wire up the model showing what they know about series and parallel circuits. They create "working" ceiling lights, lamps, video projectors, smartboards, document cameras, fans, spinning globes or whatever else they can dream up. They also describe in writing how their circuits work and present their work at a parent breakfast. Check out some of the great models they have created!