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Planning for Fabrication and Design Challenge

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Introduction

Now that you know more about design thinking, you should use your knowledge to make a plan for the fabrication of your design. As you work on this plan, be sure to take into account the costs and benefits associated with it.


Steps to Plan for Building a Prototype

1. Refer to the resources on your student esheet to refresh your understanding of design philosophy and the innovation processes and steps included in each one. There are various ways to go through the process of innovation, and you may find one way works better for you or you may want to combine parts of several plans to create your own unique process.

2. Working with your partner, think about what will be involved in building a physical prototype for a product that will allow a person to transport water from one place to another. (Use the concept you developed in Tinkercad in the previous lesson, or start with a new concept you prefer.). Make two plans: one guided by the Design Thinking honeycomb as a template, and one guided by the Agile Innovation steps outlined in the Agile video as a template. Write down the steps to your plans on notebook paper first, if you prefer. Once you're satisfied with your plans, transfer the steps for each plan to sticky notes. Use one sticky note for each step.

3. As partners, present both plans to your classmates by sticking your Post-It notes in two columns on a space on your classroom walls. Your classmates should provide feedback on both of your plans. After you've considered their suggestions, revise your plan based on their feedback. You will want to end up with a single plan, the method you're going to use to build your prototype, and a list of materials you'll need to do so.

 

NOTE: To help you manage your time, you may want to use reverse planning, in which you start from your end goal and work backwards to assign tasks based on when they need to be finished. Continue this until you reach the present. In this case, your end goal is your presentation and demonstration on Day 5.

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