Introducing Crane Task
In MOVIE 1, Bernie Zubrowski introduces the Model Crane
Challenge first by eliciting teachers' prior knowledge
about cranes. He displays an overhead transparency of
a simple crane, mostly as a memory jog, and then asks
teachers to identify critical features in a typical
Bernie then passes out the materials teachers will
use to make a crane -- including materials for the structure,
and batteries for the motor. He then asks teachers to
build a crane from these parts. Before they start, Bernie
describes the roles that members from each team will
be asked to perform, including: Designer,
Builder, Tester, Materials
Gatherer/Recorder, and Presenter.
The roles are implemented flexibly applied during the
on-going work of team members, as MOVIE 1 demonstrates.
MOVIE 1 ends with teachers building and making an operational
Question: What other
Designer Roles could help a team function effectively?