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Chicken Coop Conundrum: An Engineering Design Challenge

Engineer a chicken coop design by applying STEM: science (animal behavior), technology (simulations), and math (area and perimeter).
Dr. Tory
77 total reviews for this teacher
55 reviews for this class
Completed by 293 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

After taking this class, I will be able to do one or more of the following...
-Use data to explain why engineering is a circular/cyclic way to solve real world problems
-Use engineering concepts to contrast the design cycle with trial-and-error projects
-Visualize the relationships between area, perimeter, addition, multiplication by using an online simulation
-Use data to judge whether a design solution meets the criteria and constraints of a problem
-Apply knowledge of animal behavior to make informed design decisions
Dr. Tory has a PhD in Biology and professional experience in reformed STEM education that increases both rigor and engagement for k-12 students.
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It is highly recommended that learners use a device that can run the Phet Area Builder online simulation: (lower-tech substitute: graph paper and pencil). It is also recommended that students have a paper and pencil handy for recording helpful calculations or ideas.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
As a discussion-based class, informal assessments are embedded throughout the experience. For example, Dr. Tory will often encourage students to explain their thinking behind a shared idea. This practice keeps assessment low-stakes for the learners,  and will also provide learners with practice in using evidence and reasoning to support their claims.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
We will be accessing the Phet Area Builder online simulation during this class:
Enrolled learners will have access to an optional, printable, graphic organizer for writing and sketching their ideas.


Dr. Tory
Lives in the United States
Educator, Researcher, Advocate
77 total reviews
148 completed classes

About Me

My name is Tory Williams and I enjoy teaching a variety of STEM topics, especially related to animal behavior and engineering. As someone with invisible disabilities, I also love to teach on topics related to disabilities, mental health, and... 
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