Project Overview

Engineering design teams create a personalized solution to an authentic problem or need in the local community. Students have access to a variety of traditional and modern design tools and materials to prototype ideas and create a final solution.

OMS Problem Bank

Shrewsbury public school staff, students, and community members can submit authentic needs and problems they would like students to solve. These can range from small needs to larger problems. Design teams will each be assigned to one of these “clients” who will then provide feedback that guides students work throughout the design process.

The OMS Problem Bank Submission Form is open for submissions! You may submit a need/problem for yourself or on behalf of someone else. All submitted problems will be added to the Problem Bank Trello Board, which is the project management tool we use to assign and keep track of problems being worked on.

At some point later this year or possibly next year, we will try to set up some community partnerships as well. (Read this article about students in MA who helped to solve problems for seniors at the local senior center.)

One of the real world benefits to 3D printing is the fabrication of assistive devices. We hope to explore this topic more in depth, and we are in the beginning stages of teaming up with e-NABLE to become a certified community school group. This will allow us to use the school 3D printers to create and assemble prosthetic devices for those in need!

Human-Centered Design

Student design teams will be assigned to a “client” who will be their point person throughout the project. Students develop empathy in the beginning by interviewing their client, conducting research, and making individual observations. Students collaborate with their client throughout the design process to make sure they are meeting their specific needs.

Design Pathways

  1. 3D Printing – Learn how to design 3D models in Tinkercad.
  2. 3D Printing – Learn how to design 3D models in Onshape.
  3. Laser Cutting – Learn how to design vector graphics in Gravit Designer.
  4. Physical Computing – Learn how program a micro:bit using the MakeCode platform.

Design Criteria

  • Final product must utilize one or more fabrication methods: 3D printing, laser cutting, physical computing with micro:bits, or upcycling.
  • Final product must be designed by students using the appropriate app/software.
  • Design process must be iterative – create, test, and revise multiple prototypes until a final solution is achieved.

Design Constraints

Specific design constraints are dependent on the fabrication tool used:

Design Lab 3D Printing Policy
Design Lab Laser Cutting Policy