7 Design-Construction- Discussion Notes
Why do we teach engineering
- We live in a technological
world. The purpose of this course, like any other, is to help students
understand and appreciate their world.
- Literacy in the thought-processes
of engineering and technology- understanding how to think analytically,
how to understand and model complex systems, how to learn from failure-is
as important today as being able to read and write.
- We need to be a nation which
creates technology, not merely consumes it.
- It is important that students
become comfortable in solving problems with open-ended solutions.
- Because of this importance,
engineering and technology concepts are part of the Massachusetts State
Frameworks, and are tested on the Grade 8 MCAS.
How do we teach engineering
- Students learn to embrace
failure- engineering knowledge is gained only through analyzed failure;
design only occurs through a cyclical process of brainstorming, building,
testing, and re-design.
- Students learn that all
design requires trade-offs of strength, cost, performance, efficiency
- Students learn to solve
complex design problems through breaking them down into simpler questions.
What is the relationship
of Grade 7 Design-Construction to other arts electives?
- The arts rooms are interconnected,
not just physically but intellectually. Within this course, students
switch back and forth between drawing, building, computer simulations,
and video clips from such people as David Macaulay and Frank Gehry.
- Successful design must answer
human needs on many levels- not just the technical but also the aesthetic
- Concepts also flow between
courses- the concepts of trusses learned in this course is re-visited
in designing furniture in eighth-grade Art; structural concepts are
used to inform the eighth-grade Architecture course, etc.
and Test Stand
printouts and computer display
3-D Home Design Computer Display