Unit 1 Essential Question
How can Biologically Inspired Design be used with the Engineering Design Process to create unique solutions to problems?
Week 2 Overview
Learning Objectives
Engineering requires considering multiple solutions to a problem. These solutions can be roughly drawn or described without complete details to consider whether or not a solution is promising. Students will apply info from benchtop prototype testing to their new design.
Engage 5 min

View Slides: 1.2.3. BID Inspiration

  • Class Discussion: on what students think
  • Ants have special brushes and combs on their legs.
  • Play Video: Ant Cleaning Antennae Video (in slides)
Explain 10 min (Videos)

Sketching 101

Today we are going to learn more about sketching.

Class Discussion:

  • Who in class has experience sketching?
  • What do you sketch?
  • Why do we sketch in engineering?

Play Video: Sketching from Dyson Video

Play Video: Rapid Sketching Video

Sketching is a quick and easy way to communicate ideas to ourselves and others about how our designs might look and how they might work.

Explore 15 min (Individual)

Concept Sketches

View Worksheet: 1.2.3. Conceptual Design Worksheet

  • Review the design requirements on your 1.1.4. Problem Requirements handout.
  • Review the 1.2.2. Lotus Effect Test Results.
  • You will have 5 min to design a footwear concept that addresses the problem (dirty shoes), meets the requirements,and incorporates testing data.
  • Remember, a conceptual design is a complete design. Ideas can be partial or complete designs.
Evaluate 20 min (Group)

Concept Selection

Within groups, share designs.

  • Do they meet design requirements?

Each group will select a final design concept (you may combine multiple ideas).

Create a Final sketch for your group and label your design.

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