Behind the MESA Weekly GEON Writing Prompt
This writing prompt is meant to foster the constant analytical thinking that I hope my students will acquire well beyond their high school years. I want my students to have a platform for where they can write down their analysis, ideas, curiosities, and opinions. From anything already built in this world to brand new inventions waiting to be patented, I want my students always pondering questions such as:
A thoughtful half-page to one-page reflection is sufficient, but if students want to add a prototype/ sketch/drawing to accompany their suggestion, that would be great too. I simply want my students to communicate their ideas through writing.
This is the first year Loara High School is participating in the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program. I am beyond ecstatic to be the MESA instructor!
Throughout the year, we will be learning how to research, design, build, and test our many projects. But while my goals are to help my students be critical and analytical thinkers and explore the various STEM fields through the team building of these projects, I also want them to sharpen their analytical skills by writing their own critique about product designs or inventions that have already been done..
Analyze the visual for this week. Write a thoughtful reflection about whether you believe this object, design, or invention is a great one and why. Some of the questions below may be of help to you in asserting your position.
This week's GEON December 4-8, 2017:
Glow Bowl -- Light Up Toilet Seat (Night light for the Toilet!)
This week's GEON November 13-17, 2017: Solar Phone Charger
GEON November 6-10, 2017:
The Polaroid Camera (1st generation and newest version sold today)