Check out the Introduction to Innovation Unit I created for my 3rd-5th graders, however, it can definitely be adapted for middle school students.
In this compilation of 8 lessons, students will be able to experience the process of innovation and begin dabbling in creating 3D products to better solve a problem in the community or world. Students will think critically and creatively to come up with a solution to a problem that they are passionate about. They will collaborate with one another to design, test and redesign their product using the Lulzbot 3D printer, and learn what it means to be a critical consumer. Students will then sell the product to their audience and experience managing a virtual business loan using BoulayBank, a financial literacy tool. Finally, students will learn how to give back to the community and reflect on the creativity within themselves and in the world around them.
Lesson Plan Breakdown
- Understanding the Root of Innovation
- Market Research
- Prototyping and Redesigning Using the Lulzbot 3D Printer
- Understanding Expenses and Scaling
- Advertising the Product
- Paying Back Borrowed Money
- Reflection on an Innovator’s Mindset