Thursday, February 8, 2018

Canoe Design Plan Questions 1-8


Canoe Design Plan Questions 1-8



Answers should be in detailed, complete sentences! (You can copy and paste these questions onto a Google Doc and answer between them! Call it “Canoe Design Plan Questions” and share it with jbarber@k12albemarle.org IMMEDIATELY!)
1. What were your design requirements (measurements, materials/tools)? (2pts.)

2. What were your design constraints (time/equipment/financial)? (2pts.)

3. Background research: What types of background research did you do? Where did you get your information? What sources (websites) did you use? What components of the design were you researching and why? After your sentence, list as many exact URLs as you can! (2pts.)

4. What roadblocks did you run into? How did you remedy (fix) this? Explain as much as you can about how you have adapted/iterated (10 pt paragraph -- needs at LEAST 5 sentences)

5. Upload as many pictures of your build/process as you can (CADs, prints, etc.). (2 pts. each)

These are ENGINEERING HABITS OF MIND. (Find the question after the list.)

  • Collaboration- Collaboration in the engineering educational environment is heralded in how it “leverages the perspectives, knowledge, and capabilities of team members to address a design challenge”
  • Optimism-“a worldview in which possibilities and opportunities can be found in every challenge and an understanding that technology can be improved”
  • Communication-take turns in speaking, listen closely to one another, and search for appropriate vocabulary to articulate what they desired to convey
  • Attention to ethical consideration-ethics demanded respecting each other’s safety, ideas, materials, and space, For instance brainstorming ideas about how to safely carry, cut, and construct
  • A systems - thinking approach - Seeing whole, systems and parts, and how they connect, pattern-sniffing, recognizing interdependencies, synthesizing Systems thinking involves “the ability to recognize interconnections in the technological world”
  • Problem finding-Clarifying needs, checking existing solutions, investigating contexts, verifying
  • Visualizing-Move from abstract to concrete, manipulating materials, mental rehearsal of physical space and of practical design solutions
  • Improving-Relentlessly trying to make things better by experimenting, designing, sketching, guessing, conjecturing, thought-experimenting, prototyping
  • Creative problem solving-Applying techniques from other traditions, generating ideas and solutions with others, generous but rigorous critiquing, seeing engineering as a “team sport”
  • Adapting-Testing, analyzing, reflecting, re-thinking, changing (physically and mentally)


6. Describe how you employed TWO or more of these habits of mind. (4 pts.)

7. Upload a picture (or two) of your final canoe while it is being used, as in a float pic with your name glued or taped to the bottom of it. (2 pts. each)

8. If you could build your exact canoe again, would you change anything? Why or why not? (2pts.)

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