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Innovation: Inches, Feet, and Hands
This unit is about innovation, measurement, and anthropometrics,
which is the study of the size of human form. Students will
be using an engineering design process to design and develop
an improved product that is used by the human hand. They will
be studying the sizes of the human hand and using these measurements
to estimate sizes of various objects. They will also be improving
their measurement ability through various activities.
"It told me that not only adults can make
innovations or innovate, kids can too!"(Student quote)
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic design concepts as they relate
to measurement and human form.
- Explain and demonstrate how an engineering design process can be used to improve
- Describe limitations for a given device or design.
- Realize that with innovation, technological devices can be improved in many
units contain teacher background information, handouts,
transparency masters, and a student packet.
unit is designed to integrate mathematics and science
with technology and take 8 to 10 days.
"This material is based upon work supported by the National
Science Foundation under Grant No. 0095922.""Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations
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of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views
of the National Science Foundation."