Each student will take a lead role at some point during the project. There are three roles for students to consider ownership of for the project. The roles are engineer, designer and marketer.
Creating resumes helps students determine which role is best for them.
This is lesson four of the Motorized Toy Project
Students will learn and use the vocabulary of engineers, defining problems, constraints and criteria for success. Students will experience the integration of skills across the curriculum as they delve into the project. (MS-ETS1.1 - Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.) Students will be asking the question and solving the problem - What toy design will best meet the marketing goals of MTI (Motorized Toy Company) and how will we develop it? (SP1 - Asking Questions and Defining Problems)
Students collaborate to design and implement a solution to the Request for Proposal letter sent from the fictitious toy company - MTI. (MS-ETS1.2 - Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.) Students will examine various gear ratios to determine which best meets the criteria and constraints of the problem defending their choice using data collected. (SP7 - Engaging in Argument from Evidence)
Students will construct and test multiple gear ratios and use the data collected to make and informed decision about their final product. (MS-ETS1.3 - Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.) Students must analyze the data they have collected. Some student groups may not actually meet the performance requirements set forth by MTI (Motorized Toy, Inc.) and may have to justify their choice of a gear ratio for the toy based on their interpretation of the best fit according to their data. (SP4 - Analyzing and Interpreting Data)
An important understanding for students in that engineering is an iterative process. They will build and test multiple gear ratios models to determine the optimal performance of the motorized toy. (MS-ETS1.4 - Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.) (SP2 - Developing and Using Models)
After implementing their successful solution, students will create a short video to promote their new product (WHST.6-8.2 - Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.)
The project models for students how scientific research, collecting data about gears and their performance, and societal desires in the form of the project request from Motorized Toy, Inc., theCrosscutting Concept of Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World.
This PBL is based on the curriculum developed by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) AWIM (A World in Motion) Motorized Toy Project. The original curriculum has great lessons and takes about 8 weeks to complete. The program is outstanding. My modifications are designed to allow the project to be completed in about 3 weeks. The time line allows students to experience a taste of the entire engineering design process required to bring a new product to market.
Kits are available for purchase on the SAW AWIM website - here. If you can partner with an SAE member, the member can apply for one new kit each year for your school. The form to apply for a free kits is here. I have partnered with an SAE member for several years and have three kits that allow me to run this project with all my classes at once.
A complete materials list for this lesson can be found in the resources section.
The NGSS Evidence Statement publication for middle grade engineering was used as a guide for verifying that all engineering standards could be observed in the Motorized Toy Project series of lessons. This video briefly explains that process.
All NGSS Evidence Statements for middle school can be found here.
In order for your team to win the contract to build a new toy for MTI, you must convince MTI that you are capable of the challenge.
Each member of your team will create a resume.
For this project, you will not need detail accounts of your life and education. You will create a simple resume. The goal is for you to know where to find resume templates and fill out some general information.
I share with students how to find resume template using MS Word. (The original MTI project does include a sample resume).
Your name should be included on the resume, however use the school address and phone number for contact information. We will be sharing our products with visitors so do not share your home address and phone numbers.
For education, please list your most recent elementary and middle school. I have several student who move frequently and do not want them to get hung-up on listing the different schools and dates the attended the schools.
When you list your skills think about the things corporations like MTO might be looking for in new employees. What skills do you have with technology for instance? What tech tools do you feel most comfortable using? Do you have a hobby such as building models that MTI would consider valuable? Have you won awards for your art work? Have you built a similar toy before? Are your a 4-H member?
Let's talk about experience. If you have been a babysitter or dog sitter, these would be great experiences to share with MTI. Have you had or currently have a leadership role in 4-H, basketball team captain, team manager? Most of my students do not have job experiences per say so we try to brain storm some ideas for students to use here.
How long have you played with toys? Have you ever had input into the buying choice for your toys? Have you ever played with a toy and decided; yes I love this or I absolutely have no interest in this toy at all?
If you can answer yes to these questions, you have experience evaluating and testing toys - for most of your life!
Your resumes must be typed and placed in your corporate binder.
In this video I model how I explain to students the expectations for the resume.