Defining an Engineering Design Problem with Paper Airplanes
- Identify the criteria and constraints in a given engineering design problem.
- Explain why it is important to specify criteria and constraints for an engineering problem.
OverviewAre paper airplanes a nuisance in your classroom? They don't have to be! Those distractions can be a constructive learning opportunity: use them to teach your students about the engineering design process. In this fun lesson, you will be the "customer" ordering a paper airplane, and your student teams will be engineering companies that will manufacture planes. Before they start making planes, they need to define the criteria and constraints of this engineering problem.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
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Area of Science
Engineering design, design problem, criteria, constraints
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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