Engineering Design II
is an elective that combines reverse engineering with the creation
of a simple device. In reverse engineering, an object – such
as a floppy disk drive, a toy robotic arm or a computer mouse –
is dissected and the components and the assembly are analyzed, sketched
For the first five weeks
of the project, students explore the design rationals for selected
materials, operations, dimensions, manufacturing, patents, economics
of production, marketing and recycling. They keep a journal, report
their findings orally and in writing, and prepare a short video
After that experience,
students spend the next 10 weeks designing a product. The product
must be embodied in a prototype of 10 pieces or less and the presentation
must include a patent search and a marketing plan.
Click on the Part I and
Part II links above to learn more about the class modules.