But anyway, here's the product I sold if you're interested:
It's my Engineering Station. I got the idea from a Sally Ride science workshop I attended back in September. I asked parents to send in broken electronics, and we got things like old vcrs, dvd players, cd players, electric pencil sharpeners, remote controls, calculators, cell phones, etc.
My students use tools to take apart the electronics and record their observations of the parts and/or how the machines work. Then their task is to use some of the parts they found to design their own machine or invention. FUN. Seriously, though--my kids are IN LOVE with this activity. Kids that I've never seen get excited about anything have been running to me as soon as they finish an assignment to see if they can work in the Engineering Station. GREAT critical thinking skills and creativity, people! Not to mention it's funny when 7 year-olds say "engineering."
Here are some previews for you visual folks. Click on any of the photos to check it out in my TpT store and to read more about it. Thanks for stopping by!