Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Engineering Design and Development Presentations

Mr. Neumann's Engineering Design and Development (EDD) class presented their year-long "I hate it when" projects tonight (5-2). Visitors and guests began with an informal question & answer session in the new STEM lab. Each of the three student groups later presented to over 30 judges and audience members in the auditorium. Projects included a multi-sport target, Gatorade bottle top, and lock-in weapon case.

The EDD class is Project Lead the Way's capstone course in engineering. Mr. Neumann is a PLTW master teacher in EDD. Before the students' presentations, Mr. Neumann noted that James Dyson, the inventor of the Dyson vacuum, celebrated his birthday on the night of the presentations. Dyson went through 5,000 prototypes before finding real success. Each group developed a problem statement, researched past/present solutions, proposed a new solution, designed the product, constructed and tested it, and finally drew conclusions and recommendations. Our Belleville students certainly learned through both their failures and triumphs in this process!