Mind Builders

Mind Builders: Multidisciplinary Challenges for Cooperative Team-Building and Competition
by Paul Fleisher and Donald M. Ziegler,
(ISBN 1-59158-376-4) Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO

Mind Builders offers simple engineering problems to be solved by student teams. It begins with a few exercises to introduce the team concept. These are followed by ten warm up problems that can be completed within an hour or less. with little advanced preparation. Finally, teachers choose one of 12 engineering challenges to be completed by teams over an extended period and presented to judges on Challenge Day.

Each challenge includes:

–detailed specifications
–hints for teachers and coaches
–scoring rubrics
–a list of references that will help students get started
–a check-list for administering the competition

Suitable for grades 4-8 and above.


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