In this activity, students are presented with a case study in which the challenge is to rescue six researchers that have been captured and exposed to a potentially deadly chemical reaction.
Working in groups, students will:
Once the rescue is completed, groups will prepare a generalized problem solving heuristic of the procedure that will be reviewed by their peers. Generation and peer editing of the heuristic’s flowchart is intended to support efforts to tackle such problems, and to identify underlying patterns and similarities between different problem types.
To promote development of skills required to solve complex problems including the following: knowledge application, analysis and evaluation of solution.
To encourage the application of inductive reasoning (from a specific case study to generalized principles) to generate a problem solving heuristic.
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