This is an open-ended design brief that is planned to take 5 days either in or out of the classroom. Students work in small groups and must research and develop a new chair design.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Design Brief Lab problem solving activity



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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-06-28.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This resource challenges middle school or high school students to work collaboratively to design a new ergonomic chair that is still conducive to completing work or driving. They will also be responsible for producing an advertisement for their final product. Students are provided with the problem, task and rules. The 5-day process is clearly outlined. Brainstorming sheets and a Daily Research & Design Journal are provided. The included assessment provides an opportunity for feedback on seating angle, advertisement handout, technological design method product quality, presentation and teamwork. This activity is ready to go; educators can use this activity immediately in the classroom with minimal to no modification or preparation. It may be helpful for teachers to develop some resources that students can use for background information on ergonomic design.
Janet Pinto
July 27, 2012

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