This activity is based on a maker-inspired thinking routine from Agency by Design called "Parts, Purposes, Complexities," which helps students slow down, carefully notice details, and look beyond the obvious.
Watch this video to find out more and give it a try. You can also print the PDF Y Chart below.
For this next activity, apply the ideas from the Design Hunt from the previous activity to linkage number 2, shown on the left. Unlike the Design Hunt, which focused on only one object, this linkage is a system made up of several individual objects.
This activity, also called Parts, Purposes, and Complexities from Agency by Design "helps learners slow down and make careful, detailed observations by encouraging them to look beyond the obvious features of an object or system. This thinking routine helps stimulate curiosity, raises questions, and surfaces areas for further inquiry." See below for the capacities that this type of activity promotes.