Weekly Summary: Students will be spending this week using the engineering process to design a therapy toy for individuals with cerebral palsy. Students will go through the initial steps of brainstorming, choosing the best ideas, and choose one to model using the Tinkercad program. Students may elect to build their project at home if they finish in a timely fashion. This week will also be spend finishing MAP and other tests.
Benchmarks Addressed:
MSETS11.  Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems


MSETS12.  Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. 
MSETS13.  Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differencesamong several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success. 
MSETS14.  Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved. 
Tuesday
Students will be introduced to the unit challenge via two videos explaining cerebral palsy and what the desired product will be. Students will complete a problem design brief spec working in small groups. Students who finish early will begin the brainstorming process.
Wednesday
Students will begin the hour reviewing the problem. Students will then split into teams and brainstorm ideas for how to solve the problem. Students will need to come up with at least one idea per group member. Students will then complete a decision matrix to see which design will go into the next stage.
Thursday
Students will begin the hour reviewing the problem and sharing what ideas they’re electing to focus on. Students will then complete a blueprint for their design on paper. Once completed, students will model their design in the 3D CAD program.
Friday
Students will begin the hour sharing the problems they’re encountering. Students will then complete work on their 3D Design. Students will then share their projects and discuss whether or not they met their design objectives.