Lesson Plan

Understanding the Design Process

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Can you build a better mousetrap? Broken into two sessions, this plan introduces learners to the design process. The first session has pupils look at the world through a design perspective by redesigning everyday objects. In the second session, pupils identify problems with objects that lead to design improvements. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class do some research on the origins of the paper clip and why it has its current design
  • Research the design process to find examples of how people use it
Classroom Considerations
  • Gather the required materials before class
  • The first of six in the Design and Discovery series.
  • Introduces three brainstorming techniques
  • Each activity includes teacher instruction pages along with handouts for the class
  • None