A Conclusion to Engineering Design for All
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All your hard work and devotion has paid off and you have finally made it to the end of this course. It is my hope that you had an enjoyable time growing and learning about one of my favorite processes. As always, it is great to see the dedication and responsibility that we as talented professionals bring to the table when interesting, challenging, exciting information is brought to our attention. For me as an educator, I always look for ways to improve both my instruction and my understanding of our world. Needless to say, life-long learning has been a passion of mine ever since I realized that knowledge is power and often provides the individual with a sense of responsibility to share and better those around him. The opportunity to share with each of you a part of my experiences with Engineering Design has been rewarding and humbling. Thank you for taking the time to work though my mini-course, Engineering Design for All. If you enjoyed it as much as I have, please share it with your colleagues. Even if they are not in the educational field, Engineering Design is a concept that can help anyone solve problems that they encounter throughout life. Many notable designers (ex. Saul Bass) has further defined design as a way of thinking. Please enjoy one last video: Why Man Creates produced and directed by Saul Bass himself. Allow your mind to open up and enjoy his creativity, innovative thinking, and perspective of our impacts.
A Review of Questions That Were Addressed
- What is Engineering Design Process?
- How do professionals use the Engineering Design Process to solve problems?
- Why is defining a problem and design statement crucial to successful Engineering Design implementation?
- How does the Engineering Design Process compare to the Scientific Method?
- What do NYSED NextGen Science Standards state about Engineering Design?
- How can Engineering Design be implemented in a K-12 clasrroom?
- How can educators design lessons that implement the Engineering Design Process?
A Review of Learning Outcomes
Now that you have completed this mini-course, you should be able to:
- Appreciate the Engineering Design Process and it's role in society.
- Identify key attributes of the Engineering Design Process.
- Determine which Engineering Design Process is best for their classroom, school, or district.
- Identify the difference between the Engineering Design Process and the Scientific Method.
- Identify ways to assess a students understanding of the Engineering Design Process
- Design a lesson that incorporates students' use of the Engineering Design Process.
Need To Rewind?
Want to hone up on some of your knowledge? Not sure if you feel comfortable with all the essential questions or learning outcomes? You can always go back to past modules!
- Module 1: Defining Engineering Design Processes
- Module 2: Utilizing Processes to Solve Problems
- Module 3: Implementing Engineering Design into STEAM Learning Environments
Peer Google Documents
Here is the link for all documents that have been submitted by your peers. It is my hope that this archive will continue to grow overtime so keep an eye out for any contributions that may help you integrate engineering design in your classroom. Access: EngineeringDesignForAll_PeerWork
Here are the links for all discussion posts that we worked on throughout the mini-course. It is my hope that this resource will also continue to grow as more users embark through Engineering Design for All. Perhaps most importantly, the resources discussion will allow you as a life-long learner to seek new material. I have personally bookmarked this page for quick access and will be adding to it as I stumble upon new material. Stay tuned.
A Simple Survey
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Last Parting Quote & Words
"Design thinking is the search for a magical balance between business and art; structure and chaos; intuition and logic; concept and execution; playfulness and formality; and control and empowerment." -Idris Mootee
In the coming weeks, look around at your environment. Think about what it might have been like years ago and how designers may have used similar design processes to solve our global needs and wants. Alternatively, think about how much farther we have to go as a society and what the future may hold as new issues arise.
Best of luck on any and all future endevours!
References & Resources
"Why Man Creates". Saul Bass (1968). Retrieved December 2016 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Man_Creates