This module from the New York State Curriculum for Advanced Technological Education at Hofstra University explores the best way to manufacture an item and provides students with the opportunity to learn at a variety of levels about design for manufacturing. In it, students design a product to be mass-produced. To solve this Design Challenge, students learn about materials and manufacturing methods. Then they evaluate design options and make decisions based on information about manufacturing methods and considerations. Knowledge and Skill Builders (KSBs) are completed to support the Design Challenge. Some KSBs provide background information while others provide opportunities to apply the information. For instance, students are asked to reverse engineer a product and to speculate about how a product might be manufactured. They then tour a manufacturing facility to test their speculations.
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