FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Models and Designs (2nd Ed.)


The four investigations in the Models and Designs Module provide experiences that develop the concept of a scientific model and engage students in design and construction. The atmosphere generated by this module is one of open discussion, free exchange of ideas, and development of ideas into products.


  • Manipulate objects and materials.
  • Design and construct conceptual and physical models.
  • Look for relationships between structure and function of materials and systems.
  • Organize and analyze data from investigations with physical objects and systems.
  • Apply mathematics in the context of science.
  • Acquire vocabulary associated with engineering and technology.
  • Gain confidence in their abilities to solve problems.
  • Learn that there is often more than one solution to a problem.
  • Communicate ideas to peers and work in a collaborative scientific manner.
  • Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations: observing, communicating, comparing, organizing, and relating.

For a description of each investigation in the Models and Designs Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF.

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