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Spring 2012


This curriculum will guide high school students through a year long engineering design process which spans several courses offered at Olin College, namely Design Nature (DN), User-Oriented Collaborative Design (UOCD), and Principles of Engineering (POE). Chronologically, this course covers areas of opportunity, users and user values, ideation, sketching, sketch modeling, CAD modeling, and physical prototyping. The goal of this course is to expose high school students to a different flavor of engineering design and prototyping. This course will provide students with the basic knowledge and analytical skills needed to develop a meaningful and practical design based on a relevant problem statement, user needs, and user values. Unless otherwise noted, these lesson plans were developed by student in Olin College’s Engineering Discovery organization in the 2011-2012 school year.