Great
Engineering
Or
Nah?

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. 

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Critic's 




Corner

This week's GEON August 14-18, 2017: Horizontal Reflective Glasses

Watch TV while laying down, and never strain your neck again.

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?

Last week's GEON August 7-11, 2017:  The Carpet Alarm Clock