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.
11 – 18
- 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
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.
- Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
- Student Worksheets (attached)
- Student Resource Sheets (attached)
Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.