Engineering Physics – Today the class was given their first project. I created randomized groups of 4, in an effort to hopefully spread the different skills of students. In other words, I wanted to make sure that the 5 buddies that were good with building things with their hands weren’t all in the same group. I gave the students a challenge from an old UBC Physics Olympics pre build competition.
Having gone through a 10-step design process, I asked the students to clearly write down the projects criteria (goals) and constraints. As you can see in the above example, there is a wide range of opinion on what is a criteria and what is a constraint! We’ll need to do some work on this next class.