What happens when you give kids the chance to build stuff? They come up with some pretty cool ideas! Take the doorbell in an Altoids tin, built by a 12 year-old and posted on do it yourself website Instructables. How cool is that? A middle school student figured out a cool project then took the time to write it up for a website.
I’m working through incorporating more design projects into next year’s classes. The Instructables website, Make: Magazine, and a great book on design engineering will be my major sources. I’ve already done some design in the classroom: cam operated toys, balsa bridges, egg drop containers, and foamcore houses.