Project 3: Engaging Children in Engineering
|Tuesday March 2||Very preliminary project ideas due|
|Thursday March 18||Preliminary project proposal due|
|Tuesday March 23||Project description web page due|
|Thursday March 25||Proof of concept prototype due |
|Thursday April 1||First functional prototype due|
|Tuesday April 6||First draft of student activity sheets due|
|SATURDAY April 10 ||First test of functional prototype
at Moving 4th into Engineering|
|Thursday April 22||Fully functional prototype presentation due|
|Tuesday April 27||Project web site and complete documentation due|
|Thursday April 29||Complete project due|
|Wednesday May 5||Final presentation at Meeting of the Minds|
For project 3, you will design, build and test prototypes of
a toy, game, or activity that engages children in learning about
an aspect of engineering.
Your project must:
- engage a child's curiosity to learn
- appeal to all types of children, with differing levels of
knowledge and abilities
- be safe and durable
- use appropriate and sustainable technology
- employ principles of universal design
- include at least one part manufactured by the team
Very Preliminary Project Ideas: Tuesday March 3
By the end of class on Tuesday March 2, each team will make a very informal
presentation of the ideas they have come up with. Each team should be
ready to present at least three ideas for projects. You should have
several ideas to present. You can start with your favorite, but you
should have several backups in case your first choice doesn't work for
some reason. You should be clear about what the activity is and what
the children will learn.
Preliminary Project Idea: Thursday March 18
Each group will make an informal presentation of the
idea they plan to pursue. This session is designed to get the teams on
the right track early, so no one invests a lot of effort in an idea
that might not be suitable.
You should plan on changing and improving your ideas as
you get feedback from me, your classmates, children, your friends, etc.
Project Description: Due Tuesday March 23
By March 23, each group must create a web page that answers
the following questions:
- What is the engineering concept that the children will learn about?
- What will the children do and how will they learn by interacting
with your project?
- How does your project meet the requirements given above?
- What supplies will be needed? What needs to be manufactured? If
appropriate, include a sketch of the activity.
Proof of concept prototype: Due Thursday March 25
Each team must bring a proof-of-concept prototype of their activity
to class. The purpose is to see whether the exhibit will work and to
get more concrete reactions and suggestions from the other teams. The
prototype can be made out of anything and can be ugly as all get out,
but it should demonstrate the concept and convince you that your idea
probably will or probably won't work.
Sequence of prototypes in April:
First functional prototype due Thursday April 1
First draft of student activity sheets due Tuesday April 6
Fully functional prototype presentation due Thursday April 22
The details on these prototypes will be added later. We will have
groups of children coming to class to test the projects. Your first
test with children will be at Moving 4th
into Engineering on Saturday April 10th. Throughout this time, you
will be refining and improving your activity.
Everyone in the class must register for Meeting of the Minds by Wednesday
April 7, but you can't register until you have an abstract approved by
me. We'll talk about this more in class.
Complete web site due Tuesday April 27
Your web site should document your project, explaining what it is
teaching and how it works. This web site is for external consumption,
so you should not include the design process information that you put
in your portfolio.
Completed project due Thursday April 29
By Thursday April 29, you must turn in your completed project
Meeting of the Minds: Wednesday May 5
The final presentation of your project will be during Meeting of the
Minds. All the projects will be set up in the Conan Room. More
details to follow.