Lesson 1

No Bones About It: Designing Knee Braces

Designing Knee Braces / Grade 3 / Kittery, ME

The EIE Curriculum

EIE - No Bones About it: Designing Knee Braces Lesson 1

Reflection Questions

How does Kate create an environment of open discussion and communication?

Kate asks her students many questions, ranging from open-ended ones for her whole class to answer, to direct questions targeted at specific kids.

  • Kate helps out a group of kids grappling with the definition of biomedical engineer by pushing them in the right direction, instead of simply giving them the answer. (2:55)
  • Kate tells Makali to “piggyback” off another student’s response, creating an environment where the kids not only have to participate, but also listen to others. (3:43)
  • Kate has the students repeat the steps of the EDP out-loud, engaging them in a different way than just a question and answer teaching strategy. (5:36)

How does Kate introduce and reinforce the steps of the Engineering Design Process throughout Lesson 1?

Kate puts an emphasis on the EDP while reading the storybook. She also refers back to the story throughout the lesson to give the kids a context to think about the EDP.

  • Kate emphasizes the EDP throughout her reading of the storybook. (2:00–2:12)
  • Kate prompts students to think about how the EDP is used in the context of the storybook. (5:47–6:15)
  • Kate shows a real knee brace at the end of the lesson in order to help her students “imagine” their own knee brace designs. (7:02)