Eureka!

In this unit, I will learn how to collaborate, define research, read about inventors, paraphrase the inventions, plan an invention, and pitch my plan!

Driving Question : Could an invention change the world?

Episode 1

Welcome to Eureka

Opening

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I will identify what it takes to collaborate

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I will design a plan to share with my group

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I will work with my group to build the contraption

Challenge : Earn the collaboration piece

Episode 2

Irate Mr. Edison

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Opening

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I will read about the different inventors

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I will research the information needed

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I will define how to be an introspective inventor

Episode 3

Good Pitch vs Bad Pitch

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Opening

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I will read about the different inventions

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I will research the information needed

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I will decide how these inventions changed the world

Challenge : Earn the research piece

Episode 4

Speaking with Style

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I will read about the different inventions

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I will research the information needed

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I will decide how these inventions changed the world

Episode 5

Invention Breeds Invention

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Opening

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Team Inclined Plane

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Team Screw

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Team Lever

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Team Wedge

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Team Pulley

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Team Wheel & Axel

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I will read about the different simple machines

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I will research the information needed

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I will create a skit or dance to demonstrate how the simple machine is used

Challenge : Earn the pitch piece

Episode 6

Documentation

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Game : How Many Ways can you solve it?

A category will be announced and your team must generate a list of ideas to accomplish the task.

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Think of different ways to solve a task

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Design and work as a team

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Invent something for Professor Carver

Challenge : Earn the documentation piece

Episode 7

Failure

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Opening

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Participate in a collaborative discussion

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Write an opinion piece on the usefulness of failure

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Make sure to include information from what you've learned and what you already knew

Challenge : Earn the failure piece

Episode 8

Identifying Challenges

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Revise or complete writing challenges

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Write 2 short, informative pieces describing your invention idea

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Students will share their ideas through interviews

Episode 9

Final Challenge - Part 1 : Invent

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Write a detailed explanation of your invention, including an argument for its importance

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Listen to classmates, provide feedback

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Create illustrations or models and audio recordings to enhance the presentation

Episode 10

Final Challenge - Part  2  : Pitch

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Present your group invention

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Reflect individually and as a group on the invention

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Write a reflection on the invention and thoughts on the project