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Construct a Model or Prototype_ED

Description 

How can you make your vision into reality?
Modeling or prototyping is a powerful means of making the solution into reality. This step allows students to test their ideas.
While students may need to construct physical models to bring their ideas to life, alternative approaches may be more practical.
 
NGSS Assessed:  HS-ETS1-2, 1-3, 1-4
 

Time To Complete 

3-5 Hours

I Can Statements 

  • I can construct a model or prototype that:
    • Appropriately addresses the engineering challenge
    • Allows me to test my solution and gather data and feedback
  • I will know if my model or prototype is of high quality if it:
    • Appropriately addresses the engineering challenge
    • Allows me to test my solution and gather data and feedback

Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:

  • Confer with students, asking probing questions about their model or prototype to gauge how well it meets the quality criteria.
  • Ask students to describe their prototype and explain (orally or in writing) how it meets the quality criteria for a high-quality prototype.
  • Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing one of the activities below.
Possible Activities 
  1. Use CADD software to create a model of the design.

  2. Two-dimensional mockups can be drawn or constructed from paper.

  3. Simple three-dimensional models can be constructed of available materials. These don't need to be usable products.

  4. Create a storyboard or flowchart to illustrate how users would interact with the product or solution.

  5. Use a 3D printer or printing service to create a model or prototype

Resources 

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