I have taught this to high school students and they absolutely loved this unit. It took some adjustment getting off of the computers but we had some amazing discussions and it got them thinking about other people and how their ideas may impact them. Looking back on these moments, I find them incredibly valuable because I was able to better understand how my students were thinking and it got them to think about others and begin to develop some empathy.
Having to unplug is a challenge for some of them but finding a way to make it personal was the key, and lesson 3 is when I saw them really get excited. I teach in an area that has a lot of military families, and the students started thinking about how the smart clothing could help their parents, siblings, or other friends and family when they are deployed. Once they made that connection they just took off with the activity and it carried over for the rest of the chapter and into the final project.
Another reason I value the unplugged activities was for my students who that enjoyed but struggled with Unit 3. These lessons helped to build back their confidence and engagement. As a result, I used it as an opportunity to make them group leaders and it helped strengthen our classroom community.