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35 Design Activities To Try In An Engineering Design Class

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Innovation in Design Education

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8.9.1 - 8.9.14



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Patsy Brackin

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Clark Merkel

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Session 2325

35 Design Activities to Try in an Engineering Design Class.

Clark Merkel, Patsy Brackin Department of Mechanical Engineering Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Abstract: Fresh New Ideas! Are you looking for new design activities to try out in your engineering design course? This paper provides a description of 35 different ideas for in- class activities that you might find appropriate for use. While our target was for use in a mechanical engineering freshman design course, many of these ideas may be applied just as easily for other disciplines. Each of these activities help students explore different aspects of the design process and are short and concise enough in duration to be used in a single lecture period. From this list of activities, the reader will perhaps find several ideas that fit their teaching goals and style; ideas that they may want to adopt, adapt, and/or just tryout in their classroom. In addition, exploring these varied design activities is likely to help the reader trigger some of their own ideas on how to use some of their current activities in different ways. This paper is intended to be a resource of interactive, in-class activity ideas that support and reinforce the concept of engineering design.

Introduction: One of the most important aspects of attending the annual ASEE conference is to take home a number of new inspirational ideas that you can try in your own classroom. That's exactly what this paper is attempting to offer. Within the following pages are ideas that have been created or repackaged to provide a source of potential activities for your engineering design classes. Some of these ideas are our own originals; some are not. Many of these activities have been modified so much that we're not sure who to credit for their origin. We don't claim all the ideas here are all new. Nor do we claim that they are all our own original ideas. However, if you haven't seen them, then maybe they are new to you. It is hoped that perhaps they'll provide you with an idea that you will want to adopt for you own use.

The activities of design really do cover such a broad spectrum of topics. Creativity, idea generation, team building, decision making, consensus building, documentation, project management, device specification, and design modeling are just a few of the many different types of skills that need to be developed. It's not always easy or desirable to separate one topic from another, however to try and categorize the listings in this paper we have grouped the activities into six different categories: Design and Creativity Activities Decision Making Activities Communication Activities Team-Building Activities Documentation and Specification Activities Other Activities “Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Brackin, P., & Merkel, C. (2003, June), 35 Design Activities To Try In An Engineering Design Class Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12691

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