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Increasing Engagement with Design Engineering

Most of us are familiar with project-based learning, but maybe not with teaching the process of design engineering. This collection features several resources from the Dyson Foundation (the vacuum cleaner people) for introducing your students to design engineering through videos and projects. I particularly liked the idea of cross-curriculum projects, and the free engineering kits you can order from Dyson look amazing! Be warned, though: The wait list for these can be several months.
A Collection By Amelia Franz
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Increasing Engagement with Design Engineering
  • Dyson Stem Challenges

    Website
    jamesdysonfoundation.com
    jamesdysonfoundation.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    From this page, you can download 11 STEM challenges -- geodesic domes, marble runs, crumple zone, underwater volcano, and several others.
  • James' Story

    Website
    jamesdysonfoundation.com
    jamesdysonfoundation.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    Talk about persistence! James Dyson built 5,127 prototypes before finally developing his bagless vacuum cleaner. This video explains how Dyson's frustration with existing products and persistence in improving them has resulted in over 700 design engineers working with him at his company.
  • Engineering Box

    Website
    jamesdysonfoundation.com
    jamesdysonfoundation.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    This page allows you to request a free engineering kit for your classroom, and also shows images of the kit so that you can see all the parts. The kit allows you to take apart a vacuum cleaner (reverse engineer) to see how it works.
  • Engineering Box Video

    Website
    jamesdysonfoundation.com
    jamesdysonfoundation.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    You can watch this video to see teachers, designers, and students working with reverse-engineering a vacuum cleaner, one of the free engineering kits you can order from Dyson.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This site has some great links to ideas on incorporating literature about engineering problems into a STEM project, or vice-versa. For instance, My Side of the Mountain and Hatchet both feature characters who must survive in the outdoors. You could coordinate the literature and writing in Language Arts with a STEM project or unit in science class.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Show your students this video to help them understand how design and engineering come together. Two design engineers are profiled, along with their designs in wearable electronics and robotic toys.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    With materials such as duct tape, sponges, scissors, string, paper, and a small hand saw, students brainstorm to build a prosthetic leg. For the project to be successful, a student must be able to use to walk around the classroom. Students sketch prototypes and learn about the different stages of the design engineering process.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This white paper from the National Math and Science Initiative reviews the problem: a lack of racial diversity in STEM jobs in the U.S. It proposes solving this problem by using more STEM projects in k-12 classrooms, and reviews research that shows improvement in test scores in some schools who used National Math and Science Initiative resources and curriculum with their students.
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BloomBoard Asks:Have you used the Dyson Foundation resources, or other design engineering curriculum/projects with your students? If so, did it increase their motivation and engagement?