Time To Complete
I Can Statements
- I can brainstorm solutions to my engineering challenge that:
- Address the engineering challenge
- Include sufficient detail
- Are non-obvious, creative, or innovative
- I will know if my brainstorming is of high quality if it:
- Addresses the engineering challenge
- Includes sufficient detail
- Includes non-obvious, creative, or innovative ideas
Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:
- Confer with students, asking probing questions about their brainstormed ideas to gauge how well they meet the quality criteria.
- Ask students to describe their brainstorming process and the solutions they generated, and to explain (orally or in writing) how the quality criteria for a high quality challenge are met.
- Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing one of the activities below.
Have students “draw-storm,” using large pieces of paper or storyboard to brainstorm nonverbally.
If students have been provided with limited materials to complete the design challenge, have them describe the attributes of the materials to discover non-obvious uses: http://jcflowers1.iweb.bsu.edu/rlo/brainstorming2.htm
- Steve Jobs and his team brainstorm as they design the NeXT computer: http://tnw.co/1Gl2tu5 (starts at the 6-minute mark)
- Brainwriting, a technique for generating ideas: http://bit.ly/1rw2YIH
- How to generate multiple solutions in the design process: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/engineering-design-process/alternative-solutions.shtml#howtocreatemultiplesolutions
- Decision-Making Matrix Analysis: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_03.htm
- Example engineering drawings: http://bit.ly/10SBcyZ
- Storyboarding as part of the design process: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672917/the-8-steps-to-creating-a-great-storyboard