ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions


In this video Paul Andersen explains how many possible solutions are developed in the design process.  As many solutions to the problem are identified using a brainstorming process.  These solutions are compared to the specific constraints and criteria of the solution.  Models are created to test the viability of each solution.  A K-12 teaching progression is also included.

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems


In this video Paul Andersen explains how humans are impacting the Earth through farming, mining, pollution and climate change.  According to the NGSS wise management can reduce impacts on the planet.  This will become more important as developing countries start consuming more resources.  A K-12 teaching progression is also included.

CCC7: Stability and Change


Paul Andersen explains how stability and change are regulated in systems through controls and feedback.  Controls are used to regulate matter and energy flowing into a system.  Feedback mechanisms within the system are used to regulate stability.  Negative feedback loops keep the values around a set point and positive feedback loops move them away.  Disequilibrium can result in death of living systems and destruction of physical systems.  A progression of instruction for K-12 students is also included. 

SEP6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions


Paul Andersen explains how scientists modify theories by constructing explanations.  He also discusses the cycle of design used by engineers to solve problems.  He starts by defining a theory as a well-established explanation of a phenomenon that is refined over time.  Examples discussed in the video include the big bang theory, the germ theory and the theory of natural selection.  He also lays out a progression for building this skill in students.