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YOUNG ENGINEER FOR BRITAIN K’NEX CLUSTER CHALLENGE 2011 Teacher Training Material. AGENDA Introduction K'NEX workshop How to run a Cluster Challenge K'NEX Kit. Young Engineer for Britain K’NEX Challenge UK Wide Competition (~60,000 pupils compete annually)

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YOUNG ENGINEER FOR BRITAIN

K’NEX CLUSTER CHALLENGE 2011

Teacher Training Material


AGENDA

  • Introduction

  • K'NEX workshop

  • How to run a Cluster Challenge

  • K'NEX Kit


Young Engineer for Britain K’NEX Challenge

  • UK Wide Competition (~60,000 pupils compete annually)

  • STEM SCOTLAND organise Scottish part – Global Science organise the East of Scotland region

  • Aimed at Primary 6 pupils

  • Working in teams of 2, pupils are set a Challenge where they have to make a model using K’NEX kits to demonstrate their imagination, creativity and ingenuity

  • 5 Levels of participation, best team progress to next level, each level getting more difficult


The Cluster Challenge Year Planner


Summary Of K’NEX 2011

  • Level 1 CLASSROOM WORKSHOP

    • P6 teacher delivers workshop to class

    • Class split into teams of 2 to do Classroom Challenge

    • Select winning primary school team

  • Level 2 CLUSTER CHALLENGE

    • Winning Primary school teams compete in Cluster Challenge, ideally hosted by the secondary school.

    • Cluster Challenge Winning team will represent the cluster at the Area Final (May 2011)


Summary Of K'NEX 2011

  • Level 3 Area Final (May 2011)

    • All winning Cluster Teams take part in Area Final

  • Level 4 Scottish Final (June 2011)

    • Winning teams from Scottish Area Finals compete at Scottish Final

  • Level 5 UK Final

    • Scottish Winning team competes at UK Final


K’NEX P6 CLASSROOM WORKSHOP


3 WAYS TO USE K’NEX

  • INSTRUCTIONS: build models following step-by-step instructions.

  • FREE PLAY: children build any kind of model they wish without instruction

  • CHALLENGES: children are set an objective, then use their innovation and problem solving skills to design and build a model to meet this objective. Encourage pupils to work together to develop team-working skills.


SAND RACER

  • The workshop is based on a set of increasingly complex challenges to provide pupils with the necessary skills to effectively use K'NEX and participate in the competition.


TRIANGLE


CREATE YOUR OWN INITIALS


CONSTRUCT A CUBE


BUILD A BRIDGE


PULLEYS

– simple machines


PULLEYS

- block and tackle


HOW TO RUN A CHALLENGE

WITHIN YOUR CLUSTER


CLUSTER CHALLENGE OBJECTIVE

  • To provide a team of 2 pupils from each cluster group to attend the Area Final in May.


1st Step - CLASSROOM WORKSHOP

(duration approx. 1hr)

  • Teacher and pupil versions of the worksheets are provided to run the workshop in the classroom

  • Use workshop to develop basic practical skills

  • Recommend organising a mini-challenge as basis for team selection (bridge or K'NEX User Group website)

  • Looking for practical ability, creativity, innovation, problem solving and team working skills


POSSIBLE CLASSROOM CHALLENGE

bridge building exercise or Challenge on website


Example of CHALLENGE

‘Playground Equipment” challenge.

  • Build a piece of playground equipment; fairly easy but allows you to assess who can do it!


JUDGING GUIDELINES – Level 1

1.  Presentation, Communication and Teamwork: communication, planning and drawings (25 points)

2.  Solving Problems: overcome design problems (25)

3.   Operation/Function and Design: Does model function competently? Any novel design features? (50)


CLUSTER CHALLENGE

  • Winning teams from all P6 classroom challenges will take part in their associated cluster challenge. If there are few primaries in the cluster then could have 2 teams per primary (or even 3) competing.

  • Venue would ideally be the associated secondary school.

  • Need a sponsor from secondary to ensure all runs smoothly

  • Date and venue of cluster challenge to be decided amongst participants.


ROLE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL

  • Help organise and host cluster challenge.

  • Provide pupil volunteers to work with primary schools prior to competition and/or assist on the day.

  • Assistance from secondary science or technology studies teachers (organise, set challenge and judge).

  • Select the challenge from options on website / design your own.

  • Provide judges (teachers or senior pupils)


ONCE CLUSTER CHALLENGE IS DECIDED

  • Need co-ordinator or nominated person to complete “Cluster Challenge” Form and return to us at least ONE WEEK before Challenge takes place

  • On receipt of form we will send you Challenge Pack with

    • Cluster Challenge

    • Judging Sheet

    • Certificates

    • Prizes for winning team


Global Science can provide a

Challenge for your Cluster Challenge

  • Needs to be kept a secret from all primaries until the day of the Challenge – hence not included on the web!

  • We will send you Cluster Challenge in your pack, you can decide to use it or not.


CLUSTER CHALLENGE

  • Challenge to be planned, designed and completed within 1 hour.

  • Teams need paper and pencil to draw design first

  • Entries are judged in accordance with competition guidelines

  • Participants / Winners are presented with certificates

  • Winners presented with prizes


JUDGING GUIDELINES – Level 2

As per Level 1

1. Presentation, Communication and Teamwork

2. Solving Problems

Splits

3. Operation/Function

4. Design

Added category:

5. Visual Appeal


Once Cluster Challenge is complete

  • Send faxback form to Global Science with details of winning / runner up team (form included on website) before the end of April 2011.

  • The winning team will represent their cluster in the appropriate area final.


K’NEX KIT for doing Challenges

  • Level 3 Area Finals will use 1500 piece kits (supplied)

  • For your Classroom and Cluster challenges, 450 piece kits are sufficient. A team of 2 pupils can easily work out of a 450 piece kit box.

  • Schools are welcome to use their own kits at school and cluster level

  • We can loan kits to a cluster but rotation between schools must be organised and rotated by cluster

  • All kit boxes must be signed out and returned by agreed date


  • Summary of Forms required

    • Cluster Challenge Booking form, from nominated cluster contact, at least one week before challenge takes place

    • Winners/Runners Up faxback form from nominated cluster contact, after cluster challenge has taken place


Contact:

East of Scotland:

Frank McKeever on 01324 403 103

Email: frank.mckeever@global-science.net

Fax: 01324 403 108


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