Students will need working knowledge of design thinking processes. Students will also need prior knowledge of chair design and ergonomics.
For this assessment, students will each design and build a small (about six inches tall) model of a chair using cardboard, paint, and commonly found objects and craft items. The chair will be designed for an action figure or small toy that is between 6″ and 12″ tall (teacher provided or students brought from home). The goal will be to use the design process to create a functional, ergonomic chair for the action figure or small toy selected.
Day 1 will be used for a written assessment of the students’ recognition and interpretation of visual characteristics and organizational principles. Days 2–3 will be for construction of the chairs. On Day 3, students may begin to paint their chairs. Day 4 will be for the final coats of paint and finishing touches. Day 5 will be for testing, or reflecting on the chairs.
This item has not been field-tested by Michigan teachers.
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