We followed the following process and students wrote about each step.
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Step 1: Define the Problem (Introduction paragraph to essay): Teachers present a problem that needs to be solved in a very general form.
Step 2: Plan the Solution (Paragraph in the essay): This is the brainstorming phase. Students use graph paper to sketch out their design.
Step 3: Make a Model (Paragraph in the essay): Students use a program such as Tinkercad to design their idea.
Step 4: Test the Model (Paragraph in the essay): 3D models are printed and students check for accuracy.
Step 5: Reflect and Redesign (Closing Paragraph in essay): Students reflect on what should be changed in the design. What worked and what did not work?
Fidget Toy Designed by a student at Pinecrest High School