Now we wanted to see if the students could apply these concepts to an engineering project. How about designing and creating a house?
In order to set it up, my colleague Elena and I set about to create a Design Brief. If you don't know much about design briefs, I recommend you check out Ginger Whiting's book Children's Engineering.
Basically, the design brief consists of five parts:
- Background Statement (puts the task in context)
- Challenge statement (what's the task?)
- Criteria (specific details about the finish designed product)
- Materials (things that can be part of the finished design)
- Tools (items that you can use to help you build)