EiE Video Snippets: Engineering Habits of Mind

Children who develop engineering habits of mind . . .

make tradeoffs between criteria and constraints.

Young engineers realize that no solution is perfect and evaluate success by judging how well criteria are met within a set of constraints.

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What happens when your design is too costly? These young engineers have to make tradeoffs between criteria and constraints.

To see if your parachute is “mission ready,” calculate a “parachute packing score” based on canopy size and suspension line length.

When you design a parachute, consider the size of the space it will be packed into and how slowly it must fall after it opens.

What makes a well-designed parachute? The criteria include “must fall slowly” and “must pack into a small space.”