AE Unit 12: Final Project

Solving a problem with the Engineering Design Process

FINAL PROJECT OVERVIEW

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After a long year of simulating, designing, programming, building, and thinking, we finally get to put it all together as you work to solve a real world problem.  In this unit, you’ll start by defining a concept or principle in Aerospace Engineering that you want to investigate further, or a problem that you want to try and solve using aerospace principles. Good topics/problems:

  • Connect to the ideas we’ve discussed in class
  • Are interesting to you and will give you a way to explore new things
  • Are something that can reasonably be addressed with the tools we have available

You’ll have the freedom to choose your own topics/problem, design a solution, and build a simple prototype.  As always, we’ll finish the project by sharing our work with others. As we tackle our problems, we’ll follow the usual process:

  • STEP 1: Define a problem – including criteria and constraints – and then research and brainstorm possible solutions!
  • STEP 2: Pick the solution you think you want to build and make a careful concept sketch of what it will look like.  Include labels and a materials list.
  • STEP 3: Build it!  Use the tools you need to build your prototype.  Finally, we’ll share our work with the class at our last engineering roundtable.

When you’re done, you will have followed the Engineering Design Process to investigate an aerospace concept or problem in more detail!

PART 1: DEFINE THE PROBLEM & BRAINSTORM

(20 pts) About 1 day

The whole process starts at the beginning of the Engineering Design Process: Defining the Problem.  We’ll create a design brief, research the topic, and then brainstorm possible solutions.  Good projects start with a good design brief!

PART 2: DRAWING & PLANNING

(10 pts) About 2 days

Once we’ve brainstormed possible solutions, it’s time to pick one! Combine your best ideas into one solution that you think can be built in our lab.  Take some time to plan out your design.  Draw a careful concept sketch, add dimensions, labels, and a materials list!

PART 3: BUILD & COMMUNICATE

(40 pts) About 4 days

Finally we get to build it!  Take your approved plans to the Makerspace and get to work!  You’ll build a functioning prototype or model – depending on the scale of your solution – and then share your work with the class for feedback.

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Part 1: Define the Problem & Brainstorm

Create a design brief and brainstorm possible solutions

Example Problems

We know the Engineering Design Process well.  This part begins with the selection of an aerospace topic or real-world problem.  You can look through the list of example problems if you need help coming up with ideas.  Once you’ve selected a problem, complete your design brief in your engineering notebook.  Take some time to research solutions online, and then brainstorm at least 20 ideas of possible solutions!

GRADING & PROCESS

 Choose an aerospace topic or real-world problem

Write a complete design brief in your engineering notebook

Research & Brainstorm at least 20 ideas that might solve the problem

 Have Mr. Benshoof approve your design brief

Example Problems

Design Brief

Research & Brainstorm

What’s Due In Part 1: Define the Problem & Brainstorm

  • Choose a Problem
  • Design Brief
  • Research & Brainstorm
  • Mr. Benshoof’s Approval

Here’s what’s due in Part 1: Define the Problem & Brainstorm

  1. Choose a real-world problem
  2. Write a design brief in your engineering notebook
  3. Research & Brainstorm at least 20 ideas
  4. Have Mr. Benshoof approve your design brief

Part 2: Drawing & Planning

Sketch your idea and make a plan

Drawings & Plans

 

Once you’ve got a list of possible solutions, it’s time to narrow down the ideas to what you really want to build.  Combine your ideas into one reasonable solution and draw a careful concept sketch. Be sure to include labels and dimensions in your drawing.  Make a materials list and a plan for how you will build it before getting Mr. Benshoof’s approval.

GRADING & PROCESS

 Decide what your prototyped solution is going to be.

 Draw a careful concept sketch including dimensions and labels.

 Make a materials list and a plan for how you are going to build your prototype.

 Have Mr. Benshoof approve your plan.

What’s Due In Part 2: Drawing & Planning

  • Choose Your Idea
  • Draw Your Design
  • Materials List & Plan
  • Mr. Benshoof’s Approval

Here’s what’s due in Part 2: Drawing & Planning

  1. Select your prototyping idea
  2. Draw a concept sketch with dimensions and labels.
  3. Make a materials list and building plan.
  4. Have Mr. Benshoof approve your design before building.

Part 3: Build & Communicate

Build your prototype and share it with the class!

The Engineering Design Process

Now it’s time to get building.  Use the tools that you need to build a prototype of your solution!  Work diligently, but carefully to get your prototype complete and working by the unit deadline.  We’ll then spend a day in our engineering roundtable sharing our work with our classmates.

GRADING & PROCESS

Build your prototype!

 Document your process and your feedback in the engineering roundtable

 Have Mr. Benshoof check-off your completed project

What’s Due In Part 3: Build & Communicate

  • Build Prototype
  • Record Process
  • Mr. Benshoof’s Check-Off

Here’s what’s due in Part 3: Build & Communicate

  1. Build your prototype in the Makerspace!
  2. Record your process and peer feedback
  3. Have Mr. Benshoof check-off your completed project!

Double Check: Unit Expectations

Check what you need to have completed by the unit deadline

The purpose of this unit is to have you apply and demonstrate the Engineering Design Process in its entirety.  You’ll get to do what real engineers do: use math, science, and our process to solve problems!  You should have defined a problem for yourself, researched it, chosen a solution, made a plan, and built a prototype.  By now, you’re set to be successful in any of our next engineering courses!

Engineering Notebook:

(Part 1) You need to complete a design brief for your chosen topic/problem

(Part 2) You need to make a careful drawing with labels and dimensions

(Part 2) You need to make a plan for construction, including a materials list

 (Part 3) You should be recording your progress daily including the feedback you get from your peers

Building & Making:

(Part 1) You need to choose an aerospace topic or real-world problem

(Part 2) You need to choose the solution you want to build

(Part 3) Finally, you need to build your final prototype!

Benshoof Checkpoints

(Part 1) You should have Mr. Benshoof approve your design brief

(Part 2) You should have Mr. Benshoof approve your design and plan

 (Part 3) You should have Mr. Benshoof check off your final project