Unit 2: Engineering and Design
Lesson 1: Documenting Ideas
Big Idea: The Engineering Design Process is a method that is used to solve technological challenges
to change and improve products for the way we live.
Selected Learning Objectives: Students will learn to:
1. Apply a design process to solve problems in and beyond the laboratory-classroom.
2. Specify criteria and constraints for a design.
3. Make two-dimensional and three-dimensional representations of a designed solution.
4. Test and evaluate the design in relation to preestablished requirements, such as criteria and
constraints, and refine as needed.
5. Make a product or system and document the solution.
6. Create sketches that technically represent an object or idea.
7. Draw geometric objects with specified properties, such as side lengths or angle measures.
Lesson Duration: Three hours.
Engagement: Students explore the differences between sketching technically and artistically.
Exploration: Students use the Internet to examine the engineering journals of Thomas Edison.
Explanation: The teacher explains the importance of documenting work in the journal.
Extension: Students select a product used every day and write a short narrative of what the item
might be like in 20 years.
Evaluation: Studentsí knowledge, skills, and attitudes are assessed through a rubric that evaluates
the Engineering Design Journal entries, teacher observation of students as they create sketches for
the Engineering Design Journal, and completion of Student Activity Sheets.
Purpose of Lesson: In this lesson, students learn the importance of documenting and annotating
their sketched ideas.