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Argument-Driven Engineering

Round Rock ISD

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Project Background

In a previous role as a curriculum writer for Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) I was part of a cohort of secondary science teachers who trained with Victor Sampson of the UT Austin STEM Research Center in the implementation and design of a teaching process called Argument Driven Engineering (ADE). 

This particular training took place over 2 consecutive summers with classroom implementation in between. In the summer of 2020 individuals of the cohort were tasked with creating new ADE experiences to be used within the district. I worked with Carolina Carner on the design of an ADE experience targeting 7th Grade Life Sciences in Texas, particular the student objects over the function of body systems within the human body. This particular engineering design challenge asks students to create functional models of various important body parts/systems based off a set of criteria and constraints. They then go through two argumentation sessions with their peers to focus in on potential design flaws. Lastly, they must put together a formal report that is peer-reviewed. 

Features of course instructional materials included: how-to videos created by Loom and Microsoft Photos; Unit Plan and Resource materials created with Google Productivity Suite. Collaborative spaces included Google Meets and Google Shared Drive. 

​*Please note that as this content was created within RRISD information technology infrastructures, some of the unit plan files may not be accessible outside the district. 

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