A real-world example of an engineering task helps our class make connections from the classroom to the world around us.
“There have been far too many complaints about Part No. 2001A5 being damaged during shipping. Replacement costs for this product are having a negative economic impact on our company. Preliminary tests have shown that a package that will keep an egg from breaking when dropped from the fourth-floor balcony of our building will be sufficient to prevent damage to the part during shipping and handling. Therefore, you are to design a package that will accomplish this task.”
The class used the CCS football stands as their test site and worked great in teams to plan out their designs utilizing the design process discussed in class.