Design Step 5: Construct a Prototype

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Enough with the talking, let's build something! In the fifth step in the engineering design process, young engineers build a prototype to test their ideas. The instructional activity walks them through the process of evaluating it step-by-step. Groups build, test, redesign, and repeat until they are satisfied or until the class is out of time.  

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask for items to be donated from hardware stores, or send out a letter to parents asking for some of the materials
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson suggests taking a minimum of two hours, but planning for a full week would be better
  • This is fifth in a six-lesson unit on the engineering design process
  • Maintain student groups from previous lessons
Pros

  • Explains the difference between a model and a prototype 
  • Includes assessment activities
Cons

  • None