Lesson Plan

Ergonomic Design

To an engineer, the glass is never half full; it's just double the necessary size. The fifth installment of a nine-part technology and engineering series teaches pupils about the idea of ergonomic design. Measurements of popliteal height and seat pan height give data needed to determine whether classroom seats are an ergonomic fit for young scholars.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Challenge the class to design new chairs
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity requires measuring tape
  • Learners need to be able to collect and analyze data and data distributions in box plots
Pros
  • Participants will appreciate the hands-on nature of the activity
  • Presentations are in PowerPoint form, allowing for editing if necessary
Cons
  • None