Using the Design Cycle in Lessons
Identifying the Problem – In years 7 to 9, I present a problem to the students. We discuss how the problem relates to the area of learning, the short-term and long-term effects, who or what is affected by the problem, and how others are trying to solve this problem. Students in year 10 and above should be able to identify a problem by themselves.
Design Brief – Before giving the design brief to students, have them brainstorm possible solutions for the problem. Have the class discuss the pros and cons of each solution.
Research – Collecting information from multiple sources is not always that easy, but has to be encouraged. Students tend to accept information on the internet as being valid and rarely back it up with alternative sources.
Design Specification – A document containing details of the product’s required characteristics, and all the