Defining the Problem & Creating a Design Statement



Students will interact with the first step in the design process (defining the problem) through an engaging describing pictures activity. Through brief lecture, they will learn what a design statement is and what it is used for. They will be given a sample design statement which is reviewed as a class. Next, they will learn how to create a design statement for a product. They will be given a blank design statement (template) and a product image (or video clip). In groups, they will decide what the design statement may have looked like for that product and fill in the template accordingly. Ideas will be shared with the class. Process can be repeated based on teacher's observations and assessment of the results of the activity.

Instructional times

2 Hours

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (2)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (7)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will gain focused understanding of the first step in the design process- defining the problem. (Note: This lesson assumes previous introduction to all ten steps.)
  • Students will use critical thinking skills to determine what information is relevant to a problem when creating the design goals for the design statement.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the 'Defining the Problem' step by creating design statements.
  • Students will interact respectfully and effectively with other students through group activities and assignments.

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