Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Grade Five: Industrial Design: Designing Better Products


Students in grade five were introduced to industrial design and discussed several examples of the kinds of factory-made consumer products industrial designer help conceptualize and construct. Students were led through the multi-step process in which an idea must be carried before a product can be sold in stores to potential customers.


Students were then assigned into "design teams" consisting of groups of 4-5 students. Each team was given a design assignment in which to either improve an existing product or invent a new product for potential purchase. Students had to arrive at a common agreement with their team mates on what the final product would be, and were encouraged to discuss possible features and improvements, and well as functional requirements for their products. Whimsy was allowed, as well as creative exploration, but students were also encouraged to consider practical application of their ideas. After preliminary ideas were drawn out, conceptual sketches when drawn on graph paper and students were required to show a minimum of two views of their product including front view. Labeling of product features, characteristics and special selling points were also required.


Design Assignment: Invent something used for safety or protection when playing sports or outdoor activities. Product: footwear


Design assignment: Invent something to make everyday tasks easier. 
Product: laundry hamper



Design assignment: Improve the design of a method of transportation.

Product: car 


Design assignment: Improve the design of something you use everyday.
Product: bed



Design assignment: Invent something to make everyday tasks easier. 
Product: robotic vacuum



Design assignment: Improve the design of something used for entertainment.

Product: stereo


Design assignment: Invent something to make everyday tasks easier. 
Product: holographic wristwatch