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  1. Balsa Towers

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Students will build their own towers using some of the techniques they have learned. The materials will consist of balsa wood and glue. General guidelines are provided, but the students will have...

    https://nees.org/resources/443

  2. Design Step 1: Identify the Need

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Students practice the initial steps involved in an engineering design challenge. They begin by reviewing the steps of the engineering design loop and discussing the client need for the...

    https://nees.org/resources/454

  3. Design Step 2: Research the Problem

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Through Internet research, patent research, standards and codes research, user interviews (if possible) and other techniques (idea web, reverse engineering), students further develop the context...

    https://nees.org/resources/456

  4. Design Step 3: Brainstorm Possible Solutions

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Brainstorming is a team creativity activity that helps generate a large number of potential solutions to a problem. In this activity, students participate in a group brainstorming activity to...

    https://nees.org/resources/457

  5. Design Step 4: Engineering Analysis

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Engineering analysis distinguishes true engineering design from "tinkering." In this activity, students are guided through an example engineering analysis scenario for a scooter. Then they perform...

    https://nees.org/resources/458

  6. Design Step 5: Construct a Prototype

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Students learn about the manufacturing phase of the engineering design process. They start by building prototypes, which is a special type of model used to test new design ideas. Students gain...

    https://nees.org/resources/459

  7. Design Step 6: Evaluate/Manufacture a Final Product

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    As students learn more about the manufacturing process, they use the final prototypes created in the previous activity to evaluate, design and manufacture final products. Teams work with more...

    https://nees.org/resources/460