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Critical Thinking skills
|Posted By: willard Nott on August 23, 2004|
I am not a teacher, rather an engineer very active in engineering at the K-12 level. Excel offers some good opportunities for critical thinking and connecting with other courses (e.g., math, science, language). Have them input data into excel, graph it, and try to figure out what the information is telling them. A short essay about their finding could be put in word and a presentation in power point. If they are learning Access as well, they can create a database for the information.
Ideas for data collection:
Energy usage/cost from utility bills
Mileage for the family car(s)
Cost comparison of foods in the stores (e.g., $/oz)
You may want to talk with the science teacher about how you could work together on a science project that requires data collection, graphing and analysis.
Willard Nott, PE