The Importance of Redesign

The Importance of Redesign

Today, we got to do an engineering activity. This one was great, because we had to fix a design for a bookcase that had already been built that had several flaws. Then we had a chance to test our new bookcase designs to see how they stacked up against designs made by other groups.  We had several criteria to satisfy, and a scale model for testing.  As in our other engineering lessons, we needed to work in teams.

Aside from redesigning bookcases, we learned about how important it is for engineers to redesign things that have already been built. For example, engineers that have come up with their own prototypes (original designs) still have to test it and will probably have to redesign it many times before they are satisfied with their creation.

It was really interesting to see what other teams built; we had the same task, but we had different ways of solving the problem. That was one of the best parts!

Here are some snapshots of the Glover Engineers in action:

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All the designs ready for testing in the scale-model classroom:  20150514_144319_resized

 

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Dr. Catherine Sukow

Dr. Sukow's interest in science education began when she was a teenager, with an extended visit to San Francisco's Exploratorium. In college, she had summer jobs in a similar, smaller, museum. She focused her Master's research at NCSU on the structure of metal silicides on silicon, and her Ph. D. work at Brandeis on the structure of crossbridged actin bundles. While volunteering in her childrens' schools, she was reminded how much fun it is to teach science, and is happy to be teaching now with Science from Scientists. In her spare time, she also enjoys yoga, choral and solo singing, and attempting a variety of international cuisines.

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