Designing an “Apple” Device (PBL & STEM Project)

This video overview showcases a 4th grade engineering design unit. Students took on the role of Apple engineers and designers to design and build an “Apple” recording device. Students used the design thinking process to create a recording device for English language learners. ELL students would use this device to practice their speech and reading fluency.

Becca Goess:

Related Videos:
How to use an X-acto knife:
How to build the voice recording device:

Tim Cook image:
Photo ( by iphonedigital ( / CC BY 2.0

Intro to Project-Based Learning:
Essential Elements of PBL:

STEM Education Overview:

Design Thinking in Elementary:

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Intro Music by Ryan Little “Falling Down”:
Instrumental produced by by Chuki – “Nomad”:


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