CCC6: Structure and Function


Paul Andersen explains how the structure of objects are related to their function and vice versa.  He begins with a quick quiz on bicycle construction and ends with a progression of teaching for students grades K-12.  He also explains how the scale of an object will determine the function studied.

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.