1. Introduction of project and brainstorming session (15-20 mins of class time)
An introduction to the problem (pain) of loading recreational vehicles in to a truck bed is introduced and then the class is asked to think about all the things they would would need to know in order to design a solution. The students are guided to think past the initial technical considerations. Once a list has been made, each is categorized as either a technical or a business consideration (though other categories may make sense including legal/regulatory considerations).
2. Expert group research on 4 different topics: Current solutions to the problem (market research), related patents, codes and standards, and ergonomics (1 class period of 50 mins)
Each design team of 4 was separated to have 1 member in each of the expert groups.Canvas was utilized to have each expert group add sources and information to the pool. In the last 10-15 minutes of the class period, expert groups were asked to discuss their findings.
3. Customer requirements (out of class assignment)
Design teams were asked to reflect on the information gathered and come up with a list of customer requirements that would determine if their design was a success or not.
4. Initial Designs and Initial Design Review (out of class preparation for 30 min meeting with instructor)
Teams were asked to brainstorm solutions and then assess the feasibility of each before narrowing their pool to 3 solutions. Once completed, the teams scheduled a 30 minute meeting with me to discuss their ideas and decide on a final solution to pursue. (Initially, my thought behind this step was to ensure that the design had enough content to be a good design project for the class but I quickly realized that this wasn't going to be an issue. Instead, I focused on making sure the team knew which calculations I expected.)
5. Final Reports (out of class preparation)
Teams prepared and submitted final design reports which summarized information from all steps.
|Truck Bed Ramp System.pptx||Presentation||.pptx||8/1/2019||8.1 MB||65|
|Design Project Truck Bed Ramp.pdf||Activity / Handout||8/1/2019||83.5 KB||67|
|Screenshot_2019-08-01 Topic Expert Group Information.png||Other||.png||8/1/2019||38.9 KB||69|
|Sample 1: Customer Requirements||Student Artifact / Example||.docx||9/18/2019||24.5 KB||63|
|Sample 2: Customer Requirements||Student Artifact / Example||.docx||9/18/2019||16.5 KB||63|
|Design Report Rubric||Assessment / Rubric||.png||9/18/2019||82 KB||65|
|Sample 3: Design Report||Student Artifact / Example||9/18/2019||3.4 MB||65|
|Sample 4: Design Report||Student Artifact / Example||9/18/2019||887.7 KB||62|