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Using the Engineering Design Process to Solve Real World Problems

Third graders were tasked with the real world challenge of designing a better iPad charging station, one that would eliminate the problem of tangled charging cords. Using the Engineering Design Process, the students defined the problem and practiced a human-centered design approach. They tested different configurations to gain insight into how to organize the cords and skyped with a site technician at a local, large School District, responsible for maintaining 3500 iPads. After the interview, the students brainstormed, organizing information on sticky notes posted to the white board. Pictures of all the iPad charging station configurations discussed were drawn and currently, students are working in teams to build prototypes of possible charging stations designs.


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