You be the critic.

Behind the MESA Weekly GEON Writing Prompt

This writing prompt is meant to foster the constant analytical thinking that I hope my students will acquire well beyond their high school years. I want my students to have a platform for where they can write down their analysis, ideas, curiosities, and opinions. From anything already built in this world to brand new inventions waiting to be patented, I want my students always pondering questions such as: 

  • Why does this work? 
  • Why is this not sold in other countries? 
  • Why is this so expensive or cheap? 
  • How come I didn't think of this? 
  • How would I have altered this product to make it more efficient?

A thoughtful half-page to one-page reflection is sufficient, but if students want to add a prototype/ sketch/drawing to accompany their suggestion, that would be great too. I simply want my students to communicate their ideas through writing. 

This is the first year Loara High School is participating in the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program. I am beyond ecstatic to be the MESA instructor!

Throughout the year, we will be learning how to research, design, build, and test our many projects. But while my goals are to help my students be critical and analytical thinkers and explore the various STEM fields through the team building of these projects, I also want them to sharpen their analytical skills by writing their own critique about product designs or inventions that have already been done. 




Analyze the visual for this week. Write a thoughtful reflection about whether you believe this object, design, or invention is a great one and why. Some of the questions below may be of help to you in asserting your position.

  • Who invented this?
  • Who is this built for?
  • What materials were used? Are they cheap/expensive and easy to get or make?
  • Does this make us more efficient? How?
  • How long would it take to build this?
  • What can be done to make this a better product?
  • Why would this be popular or unpopular?
  • In what part(s) of the world would this product do well? Why?

GEON April 13, 2018: 


Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles. 

Click here to see how Nintendo Switch works

GEON March 26, 2018:

DelGuard Mechanical Pencil

Click here to see how the mechanism works

GEON March 9, 2018: White Out Correction Tape

GEON February 19-23, 2018: THE LOCK-BLOK

Prevents doors from slamming shut in classrooms. A sliding stopper props open the door.

GEON February 5-9, 2018: 

RC Drones

Main Features and Applications of Today's Drones: What is a drone?

This week's GEON January 29- February 2, 2018: Camelbak Hydra Pack

GEON January 16-19, 2018: 

ROCO MINIMALIST Aluminum Slim Wallet RFID BLOCKING Money Clip - Futuristic Design

"Thinnest Wallet in the World"

GEON January 8-12, 2018:

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more--instantly. All you have to do is ask.

GEON December 4-8, 2017: 

Glow Bowl -- Light Up Toilet Seat (Night light for the Toilet!)

GEON November 13-17, 2017: Solar Phone Charger

GEON November 6-10, 2017: 

The Polaroid Camera (1st generation and newest version sold today)

GEON August 7-11, 2017:  The Carpet Alarm Clock
GEON August 14-18, 2017: Horizontal Reflective Glasses
GEON August 21-25, 2017: Fitbit Fitness Tracker
GEON August 28-Sept 1, 2017: Convertible Futon Bunk Bed
GEON September 4-8, 2017: Rolling Toothpaste Squeezer
GEON September 11--15, 2017: Hoverboard
GEON September 18-22, 2017: Bluetooth Fidget Spinner
GEON September 25-29, 2017: Cane w/ Seat
GEON October 2-6, 2017: Foldable Car Windshield Sun Shade
GEON October 9-13, 2017: None this week
GEON October 16-20, 2017: Heavy Duty Foldable Truck Dolly
GEON October 23-27, 2017: Handheld Can Opener
GEON October 31-November 3, 2017: Popsockets
GEON November 6-10, 2017: Polaroid Camera 
GEON November 13-17, 2017: Solar Phone Charger

GEON December 4-8, 2017: Glow Bowl -- Light Up Toilet Seat

GEON January 8-12, 2018: Amazon Echo

GEON January 16-19, 2018:  ROCO MINIMALIST Aluminum Slim Wallet

GEON January 29-February 2, 2018: Camelbak Hydra Pak

GEON February 5-9, 2018: RC Drones w/ Cameras