Thought Starters

Here are a few links and video clips to promote creativity and act as thought starters for students:

  • Biomimicry - developing sustainable tecnologies inspired by nature.
  • Rube Goldberg's wacky inventions a series of cartoon strips depicting the most elaborate and ridiculous devices to accomplish the most mundane tasks.
  • Junkyard Challenge - there are a whole collection of YouTube clips on this theme. Or why not develop your own? It is surprising what students will come up with when given a box of "bits and pieces" and a concept brief!
  • ABC Television's New Inventors


The Importance of Communication

Don't assume that everything sees everything the same way you do
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NASA Mars Exploration

An out of this world example of systems engineering in action
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Wacky (or not so wacky) Inventions From the 1920's

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