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THE ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS  CONNECTICUT INVENTION CONVENTION
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Class Assignment: Design and build a prototype of your own invention
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TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS:
What are we Doing?: Each student will develop his/her own invention following the Engineering Design Process.
When is it Due?: The final invention and trifold/poster is due January 29th. Each student is expected to participate in Schechter's Science Night which is on February 5th, 2014.
How Long Will it Take?: This assignment will need between 30 minutes to an hour each week for the next six weeks. The students also need to spend time keeping a journal of their progress.
How Much Will this Cost?: Please do not spend more than $25 for this project. The idea is that the students will create an invention that solves a problem using common, householdtype products. If this becomes an issue please email me.
Why are We Doing This?: This take home assignment gives each student the opportunity to practice the skills needed to think critically and creatively; identify problems; brainstorm possible solutions to problems; develop criteria and constraints for an engineering solution; and independently develop, test and improve a prototype (invention) of a possible engineering solution following the Engineering Design Process.
What Will We Do in Class to Prepare for This Assignment?
ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS, LESSON OBJECTIVES AND STANDARDS FOR THIS UNIT
Essential Understandings for this Unit  There is a process by which engineers solve problems. Engineers typically identify problems and follow the Engineering Design Process to develop prototypes that meet the criteria and constraints required for an engineering solution.
Lesson Objectives for this Unit
8Step Engineering Design Process, each student will be able to:
Standard for this Unit
Next Generation Science Standards, Science and Engineering Practices, April 2013
Practice 1 Asking questions and defining problems
Practice 2 Developing and Using Models
Practice 3 Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Practice 4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Practice 5 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
Practice 6 Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Practice 7 Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Practice 8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
How to Talk to the Judges in 5 minutes or Less
What to Say to the Judges
Class Assignment: Design and build a prototype of your own invention
Word Journal  Flashcard Version
Connecticut Invention Convention Inventor's Log
PowerPoint Presentations
Connecticut Invention Convention  Engineering Design Process
Really cool inventions
Links for Media Used in Class: none yet
SCAMPER video
Alter  Easy Origami Box Folding
TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS:
What are we Doing?: Each student will develop his/her own invention following the Engineering Design Process.
When is it Due?: The final invention and trifold/poster is due January 29th. Each student is expected to participate in Schechter's Science Night which is on February 5th, 2014.
How Long Will it Take?: This assignment will need between 30 minutes to an hour each week for the next six weeks. The students also need to spend time keeping a journal of their progress.
How Much Will this Cost?: Please do not spend more than $25 for this project. The idea is that the students will create an invention that solves a problem using common, householdtype products. If this becomes an issue please email me.
Why are We Doing This?: This take home assignment gives each student the opportunity to practice the skills needed to think critically and creatively; identify problems; brainstorm possible solutions to problems; develop criteria and constraints for an engineering solution; and independently develop, test and improve a prototype (invention) of a possible engineering solution following the Engineering Design Process.
What Will We Do in Class to Prepare for This Assignment?
 Discuss what an invention is and look around the school for important inventions that make our world an easier and better place to live.
 Brainstorm ideas about how to improve some of the inventions that exist in the science classroom.
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 Learn about the Engineering Design Process. This includes understanding the following terms: criteria, constraints, and prototypes.
 Identify an engineering problem to solve and brainstorm ideas for how to solve it. Students will be asked to defend their proposed engineering solution and identify how their solution (invention) meets the criteria and constraints of the engineering problem.
 Discuss how a journal (inventor's log) is used to record an inventor's thoughts, designs and progress.
 Set up a schedule for when each piece of the invention process is due
 Discuss what a good presentation looks like so that others can read the trifold or poster and understand what the invention is all about.
 Practice presenting one's invention in class
ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS, LESSON OBJECTIVES AND STANDARDS FOR THIS UNIT
Essential Understandings for this Unit  There is a process by which engineers solve problems. Engineers typically identify problems and follow the Engineering Design Process to develop prototypes that meet the criteria and constraints required for an engineering solution.
Lesson Objectives for this Unit
8Step Engineering Design Process, each student will be able to:
 Identify an engineering problem
 Identify criteria and constraints that must be considered in designing a solution to the engineering problem
 Brainstorm possible solutions that may or may not meet the required criteria and constraints
 Develop criteria for evaluating whether a website or other resource provides objective or subjective information
 Select an approach (a solution/invention) that may best solve the engineering problem and also meets the criteria and constraints
 Build a prototype given a limited amount of resources
 Develop a test for a prototype
 Further improve and redesign the engineering solution
 Communicate results in either a poster or trifold format
Standard for this Unit
Next Generation Science Standards, Science and Engineering Practices, April 2013
Practice 1 Asking questions and defining problems
Practice 2 Developing and Using Models
Practice 3 Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Practice 4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Practice 5 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
Practice 6 Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Practice 7 Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Practice 8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information