Prototyping to learn: Characterizing engineering student's prototyping activities and prototypes

Micah Lande, Larry Leifer

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19 Scopus citations

Abstract

Prototyping is an activity core to designing and engineering, though an activity that has traditionally been under examined. Through observations of students' prototyping activities during a year-long design engineering project-based learning course, this paper hopes to better characterize the types of prototypes student engineers make in the course of their designing and to better understand how prototypes aid in their learning to be better designers. Common prototyping techniques are divided into categories of design thinking prototypes and engineering thinking prototypes. Student reflections are used to explore some emergent themes about their use of prototypes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDS 58-1
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design
Pages507-516
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 09 - Palo Alto, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 24 2009Aug 27 2009

Publication series

NameDS 58-1: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design
Volume1

Other

Other17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 09
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalo Alto, CA
Period8/24/098/27/09

Keywords

  • Design Learning
  • Design and Engineering Thinking
  • Engineering Design
  • Prototyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Modeling and Simulation

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