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The Phone Charger Conundrum

Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on how technical standards are developed and demonstrates how standards enable products to work together.

Age Levels:

12 - 18

Students will be able to:

  • Define what a standard is
  • Explain the role of standards in the development of technology
  • Develop a standard for a product
  • Work in teams to develop a product that complies with a standard
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  •  technical standards
  •  engineering concepts
  •  problem solving
  •  teamwork


Lesson Activities 

Student teams learn how engineers work together to develop products that are compatible with other products. 

  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheets (attached)


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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