|Name of Activity||Bicycle Unit: Monster Bike|
|Keywords||audience, design, monster bike, specific needs, target audience, prototype|
|Grade Level||4, 5, 6|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||Students will talk about how engineers have to consider the audience that they are designing for before creating a design. Students will use this discussion to design a bike for a monster with specific needs.|
|Lesson Objectives:||- To understand targeting audiences in engineering design.
– To practice drawing and producing prototypes.
|Materials Needed:||- Large poster sized paper
– Large colored markers
– Monster Bike Handouts
|Preparation and Set Up:||- Arrange students in groups of 2 – 3.
– Distribute materials to each group.
|Necessary Background||When engineers design machines, they have to be aware of the audience that they are targeting with their product. there are many features of the bike that make it not only pleasing to the human eye, but comfortable and practical for human use. for example, a bike for a little girl might be small enough for her, have training wheels to help her ride, be painted her favorite color, and have frilly streamers coming off the sides.
There are many questions that an engineer has ask about their audience. A few examples are:
Who is the audience?
What sort of features does the target audience wand on their machine?
What does the audience like? dislike?
What can the audience do? not do?
Does the product look appealing to the audience?
Does the product function for the audience?