The Introduction to Engineering Design and Modeling class capped off the first semester Dec. 2 by demonstrating the projects they created to the special education classes at Shepherd Junior High School in Mesa.
The students spent the semester learning about students with cerebral palsy and how they need physical therapy for things that most take for granted like walking. Students went through the development process to learn how to create a prototype of their product and then demonstrated the prototype to the other classes. Students learned engineering concepts, 3-D modeling software, and public speaking skills.
As a class, we split up into two groups to go and demonstrate our project to students in two other classes. The groups talked about their products, demonstrated how they worked, and let the students play with the toys. The groups collected feedback from participants that was entered into the software to create charts used in the final presentations.
– Annette Haynes is the Introduction to Engineering Design and Modeling teacher at Shepherd Junior High School.