From Physical Models to Biomechanics: A Design-based Modeling Approach
D. Penner, R. Lehrer, L. Shauble 1998 The Journal of the Learning Sciences v7 p429 - 449
This study looks at children's understanding of the natural world through the design, building, testing, and evaluation of models. In this example, children were asked to build a model of the human elbow. These models were then used as a base to explore the actual biomechanical principles of the human arm. Students are actively engaged in the investigation, and can develop their understanding between mathematics and science through the construction of data tables and graphs.