Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Motorized Toy Project - The Request for Proposal (Lesson 2) - Section 3: Students in Action


The RFP (Request for Proposal) is a standard document used in business to solicit ideas for new products or services.

Launching the Motorized Toy Project with a RFP puts the entire project in the context of the real world for students. The project will take them through the major milestones of an authentic project. The steps are shortened to allow the project to be completed within the timeframe allotted but still provide students with an overview of the entire product development life cycle.

The RFP also provides a context for teaching the engineering standards. The standards are not taught in isolation but as part of a much bigger picture framed in the RFP letter from a fictitious toy company. Students see the engineering design process as a cohesive event and not as isolated tasks.

  Defining the Problem, Constraints and Criteria for Success
  Problem-based Approaches: Defining the Problem, Constraints and Criteria for Success
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Motorized Toy Project - The Request for Proposal (Lesson 2)

Unit 9: Engineering
Lesson 8 of 15

Objective: SWBAT read critically the request for proposal and outline the minimum requirements for the new toy.

Big Idea: How do you you know what kind of toy prototype to build?

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