John Ude
3 years ago
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As time and technology have advanced, the process of designing products has become quicker, more precise, and more efficient, which enables changes to be made when needed. The process for getting a concept to a marketable solution is also being completed with higher quality and in far less time.

In this project, students will work in teams of two to design a soccer cleat mat. Each team will apply the design process steps in the development of their solution. Students will work together as a product design team to create a solution to the soccer design cleat problem. The design challenges are written up in such a way that teams will experience a design work environment. Students will then make plans to market their solution to a company.

Lesson 1: Students will apply the design process to solving the paper bridge design challenge and understand that engineering design process involves a characteristics set of practices and steps used to develop innovative solutions to problems.

Lesson 2: In this lesson, students will sketch a variety of objects. The goal is to produce hand-drawn representations of real objects that closely resemble the actual objects and that appear three-dimensional. Students will focus on obtaining the correct shape and proportions of each object from a single “straight-on” or orthographic view and add shading to produce a more realistic three-dimensional effect.

Lesson 3: This activity will help students understand the sketching tools and extrusion features that are common to most CAD programs, plan an efficient method of simple model creation and gain experience creating simple 3D models.

Lesson 4: This final lesson is designed to have the students apply the design process to a problem. It is important throughout this project to reiterate the steps that are being used so that students continue to use the appropriate terminology. Consider reviewing the Design Process presentation if needed.

This unit is brought to you by John Ude with support from the CTE Online Curriculum Leadership Team and detailed coordination provided by Team Lead Trish Valceschini.

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Introduction to the Design Process - Build a Paper Bridge

The Design Process: Technical Drawing

The Design Process: 3D Model Creation

The Design Process: Application to a Problem