This is an abridged version of a set authored by mwinbig! in 2010 that shows how text, video, images and audio files may be used in an ArtsConnectEd set. The set also embeds student prompts and assignments. The original set contains many more design examples, so if you're intrigued by this abridged version, do take a look at the original set.
Objects surround us. We often overlook the fact that someone created each of these at times functional, at times bizarre, and at times poorly designed objects. Every curve, bolt, color, and material revels a decision that someone made about the objects design. Because objects are made within the context of society, the decisions that lead to their existence can reveal economic, political, social, and ethical expectations which reflect that society.
This set explores everyday objects by looking at how engineering and design occur within the context of society and history. The associated lesson plan is intended for 8th grade middle school science and engineering students and meets Minnesota Academic Science Standards related to The Nature of Science and Engineering strand.
Students will use the set to explore examples of utilitarian objects from various time periods and cultures. The exploration will provide a lens with which students can further investigate the objects that surround them. As a summative project, students will design a new object or redesign an existing object to function within the context of society.