Lesson Focus

Lesson focuses on how engineers have to design objects to meet the needs of users, while considering the limitations of materials, and the implications of cost.


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Age Levels:

11 – 18

Objectives

  • Learn how user needs, materials, costs, and manufacturing processes impact the design of everyday items.
  • Learn about the process of product re-engineering.
  • Learn about patents and ethics issues.
  • Learn how engineering teams address problem solving.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

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

  • product design and engineering
  • problem solving
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students learn how material selection, costs, and user needs must be weighed when designing or redesigning a product. Students work in teams to evaluate current designs and to develop a new design for a handheld tape dispenser that can be easily operated by a person with limited strength who only has the use of one hand. Students execute their design, and evaluate the strategies employed by other student teams.

Resources/Materials

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

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.