Students explore formal solving strategies such as the D.E.A.L. method. Students apply formal and informal problem strategies to a variety of STEM challenges. Students practice applying these strategies both individually and in groups. Materials and equipment required to complete the challenges are included in the unit.Related TSA Events: Problem Solving and Leadership Challenge
Lesson 1: Intro to Problem Solving
Students are introduced to problem solving and formal problem solving methods. Students learn and apply the D. E. A. L. Problem solving method to basic challenges.
Lesson 2: Brain Storming
Students explore effective brainstorming. Students learn the “do’s and don’ts” of brainstorming. Students practice brainstorming with a group to collect ideas.
Lesson 3: Systems Thinking - Universal Systems Model
Students learn the Universal Systems Model of input, process, output, and feedback. Students apply to universal systems model to various systems.
Lesson 4: Design Briefs
Students explore design briefs and identify the components of a design brief. Students create design briefs identifying the problems and specifications involved.
Lesson 5: Technology Design Portfolio
Students learn the various aspects required for a technology design portfolio. Students create a technology design portfolio for a technological problem.
Lesson 6: Straw Structures
Students apply the problem solving and design processes they have learned to design and build a straw structure that meets a specific criteria. Students create a design portfolio for their solution.
Lesson 7: Marble Racer
Students apply the problem solving and design processes they have learned to design and build a marble racer that meets a specific criteria. Students create a design portfolio for their solution.
Lesson 8: Product Design
Students will learn the basics of making design drawings. Students apply the problem solving methods they have learned to design and create a pair of shoes that meet a certain criteria. Students will create basic but formal engineering drawings of their product and include these drawings in their design portfolio for this product.