Authentic Project Idea – Making Snow

Snow Machine

A picture is worth a thousand words.  I can think of so many different authentic projects that this picture might inspire!  Why would someone want to make snow?  What would you do with man-made snow?  How do you make snow? What do you need to make snow?  What is the chemical composition of man-made snow and does this differ from “real” snow? How does man-made snow impact the environment?  What did they do in Olympic games of the past if it didn’t snow and we didn’t know how to make snow…was this ever a problem?  What sports are played in/on the snow? (Remember for real authentic teaching go with student interest – go with the snow flow!)

All of these questions and more can lead to an authentic project.  And if a student builds a snow maker in the middle of your classroom or living room…send pictures!

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