3D Printing: The Design Brief, Design Specs and Product Test

We’ve explored TinkerCad as a way to create our designs.

We’ve written summaries for our research into 3D printing.

We’ve interviewed 3 possible clients for our project.

These are all important stages of our research. Now it is time to write up the Design Brief, the Design Specs and the Product Test. All combined, these things will make up your Investigation and will be assessed on Criterion A.

The Design Problem and Design Brief

Here is an excellent resource that describes the purpose of the design problem and the design brief. After reading through the resource, write down what you feel the design problem and design brief are for your chosen client. Be sure to include appropriate information from our research (your research summary, TinkerCAD explorations, etc.) in your work.

Design Specifications

The design specifications are a list of requirements that your design ideas should fulfill as well as a list of constraints that you need to be mindful of. Your design specifications should not limit your ability to design or create your final product. They should help you identify things such as the objective of your solution (what will it accomplish?), details about the finished product, and the intended usage of your final product. Many of these things should come from your discussions with your client. Your design specs should be divided into three categories: Required (“My design must…”), Desirable (“It would be nice if…”), and Constraints (“My design cannot…”). Write down as many meaningful design specs as you can find.

Product Test

How will you test your final product against your design specifications? How will you test how effective your final product is at solving the design problem you identified? You need to think about these measures of success now so that you can objectively evaluate your product at the end of this project.

These three things make up the Investigation stage of your project. This needs to be written up and submitted to Veracross. It will then be assessed and you will have the opportunity to resubmit it if you like.

References:
MYP Design and Technology
Discovery College MYP Technology

The Design Brief, Design Specs and Product Test

We’ve explored using Scratch as well as some existing educational games on Scratch.

We’ve had a chance to interview the kindergarten students to get an idea of what they are like and what they are learning.

These are both important stages of our research. Now it is time to write up the Design Brief, the Design Specs and the Product Test. All combined, these things will make up your Investigation and will be assessed on Criterion A.

The Design Problem and Design Brief

Here is an excellent resource that describes the purpose of the design problem and the design brief. After reading through the resource, write down what you feel the design problem and design brief are for this unit. Be sure to include appropriate information from our research (Scratch tutorials, discussions on game design, interviews with kindy students) in your work.

Design Specifications

The design specifications are a list of requirements that your design ideas should fulfill as well as a list of constraints that you need to be mindful of. Your design specifications should not limit your ability to design or create your final product. They should help you identify things such as your intended audience, the objective of your solution (what will it accomplish?), details about the finished product, and the intended usage of your final product. Your design specs should be divided into three categories: Required (“My design must…”), Desirable (“It would be nice if…”), and Constraints (“My design cannot…”).

Product Test

How will you test your final product against your design specifications? How will you test how effective your final product is at solving the design problem you identified? You need to think about these measures of success now so that you can objectively evaluate your product at the end of this project.

These three things make up the Investigation stage of your project. This needs to be written up and submitted to Veracross. It will then be assessed and you will have the opportunity to resubmit it if you like.

References:
MYP Design and Technology
Discovery College MYP Technology

Investigation #3 – What makes a good game?

We all love playing games. They might be games on our phones like Temple Run or games on our computers like Minecraft. They might be card games like Uno or board games like chess.

As you start thinking about the game that you are going to design and create for the kindergarten students, it is important to start thinking about what makes a good game and why.

First, start by thinking about games that YOU like to play. What are they? What do you like about them?

Since we are going to use Scratch as our programming platform, it is useful to see some examples of educational games that others have created. Find at least three examples of educational games on the Scratch community and link to them. Be sure to include a brief explanation of the purpose of the game and a screenshot! What do you like about this game? What would you improve/change? Have a look at the code and see if you can understand what they have done to create the game. This is a great way to learn new coding techniques and tricks. If you like, you can also include links to other games that you have found Scratch (but only after you have found your three educational games!).

Share what you have learned/discovered in a blog post. Link to this blog post so that it creates a pingback so that others can find your post easily. Be sure to include screenshots, links and descriptions of the games so that other Grade 9s can check them out!

Image Credit: Temple Run Addict by TS Multimedia licensed under CC BY NC ND

What is 3D printing and where is it going? How does it work?

3D Printer at the FabLab Some rights reserved by kakissel.

Part of our investigation needs to be focused on the actual hardware for 3D printing. This includes how 3D printers work in general as well as development and future of 3D printing.

Your research task is the following:

  1. Take a look at some articles that Mr Hamada has found that might be helpful.
  2. Find at least 4 articles that discuss either the history, the current status or the future of 3D printing and share them with your group. Add them to a shared Google Doc and include a brief summary.
  3. Find an article that discusses some of the ethical considerations that arise because of 3D printing. Share these with your group.
  4. Find at least one article that discusses how 3D printers work (i.e. additive manufacturing, the “from designing to printing” process, etc) and share this on your group document.
  5. Look over the other articles provided by your group. There should be at least 15 different articles.
  6. Explore Thingiverse, a community for sharing 3D printing files. Find one or two objects that interest you and include this in your research. Why did you choose these files? What are the possibilities of sites like Thingiverse?
  7. Write a summary of the history, current status and future of 3D printing, ethical considerations of 3D printing, and  a description of how 3D printers work, including MLA citations. This will be included in your assessed Investigation.

As you conduct your research and as you write your summary, be sure to keep our unit question in mind, particularly as it relates to Human Ingenuity:

Unit Question:

What are the practical and ethical implications of rapid prototyping and 3D printing on both producers and consumers?

Area of Interaction:

Human Ingenuity

    • Awareness and Understanding of the individual desire to create, develop or change things
    • Reflection on the products of innovation, creation and development in context
    • Taking action to create solutions and products to solve own and others’ problems

You will also want to download MakerWare at some point prior to when you actually want to print something.

Brought to you by… Grade 9.

Our project for the first semester in Grade 9 Technology is to identify areas of concern within some aspect of the YIS community and create a public service announcement to address that concern. You will need a copy of the design folder template to help guide your work. In addition, you need to create a folder in Drive and share it with me (hamadac@yis.ac.jp). It should be titled First Last – Tech9-X, where X is your section number. Be sure to place your copy of the design folder template in this folder.

Investigate

The first part of this project is to investigate public service announcements to understand what makes an effective PSA. You will also need to investigate and decide upon an area of concern. It is important that this is an actual area of concern and not a perceived area of concern. You will need to determine who this concern affects (who is your audience? who are you designing this for?) and who you can ask for expert advice (who is your client?).

In addition to writing a design brief and design specifications, you will need to create an annotated bibliography (MLA format) of that supports your research. I have started a list of sites on Diigo that you may find helpful. You will have 3 weeks to complete your research and investigations before needing to submit your work. Specific dates for each class will be published on the HW calendar. Assessment criteria will be shared and discussed in class.