KiC-1 The Puzzle Exercise (the starting point)
The KiC-1 exercise brings scientific thinking alive through a 50-minute hands-on activity that involves teams working on a number of self-generated iterations to complete a small puzzle.
Students follow the steps of the Improvement Kata to (1) face a challenge, (2) see where they are now, (3) establish their next interim goal, and (4) experiment toward that goal in three-minute rounds. There is a reflection on learnings after each round, which leads students to their next experiment in the next round.
KiC-1 illustrates the four-step Improvement Kata pattern and helps students recognize that ideas need to be tested, no matter how certain we might feel. After doing the puzzle exercise you can use and build on its scientific-thinking pattern in many other activities.
Everything you need to run the exercise is shown below. Instructions for setup and conducting the exercise are at the start of the PowerPoint file, so start by downloading and reviewing the PowerPoint file. It's recommended that you run the exercise exactly as designed once or twice. Then you can adapt it as you wish!
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You need one puzzle per team of 4 or 5 students.
Download & print these
The poster prints best as .pdf
Download the KiC-1 PowerPoint This walks you through the exercise step by step.
Latest Update: July 2022