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What is the design cycle?

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Andrew Rolfe

on 24 March 2014

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The Design Cycle is a series of steps that are made to help people in
making projects or designing. Researches, videos, designs, products, blogs, anything at all. It is useful because it guides you through the process of making your output through a few simple steps. These are:

1. Investigate
2. Plan / Design
3. Create
4. Evaluate

What is the Design Cycle?
First step is to investigate:
Compile and analyse the information that you have to further clarify and to know what must be done more.
Second step is to Design and Plan:
List down ideas and other designs/plans for your output. In this stage, you draft several, but you only choose one final design and you justify why you chose that design.

You may also write a description of how your final product would look like. Make produce a timetable (when you will do each of the parts for your output) and list down all the materials or resources that you need for your output. You may write an outline or step by step for your project to guide you while you actually make it.
Third step is to create:
Create your output based on all the resources you have gathered in the previous stages. When you’re done, compare the outline that you made in the previous steps with your current product, write them down and justify the changes. In addition, you could also detail the creation of your final product by means such as taking pictures, keeping a production journal.
Fourth step is to Evaluate:
Ask your peers or teachers to evaluate what you have done, and based on their feedback, improve your work. Give them questions to work with while they are analysing your output. Also, evaluate your performance in the previous stages and ask yourself what could have been done better, etc.
Today's Task
In groups you must follow the steps shown previously on the Design Cycle to create a free standing tower only using Marshmallows and Spaghetti.

Aim: The task is to create the tallest tower that
can stand unaided using only the two materials mentioned above.

*Each group will have exactly the same materials and must come up with an idea as a group.
First part investigate : 2 minutes
On a blank sheet of paper discuss as a group what you have been asked to do. Take this opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding what you are about to plan and design.
Second task plan and design: 3 minutes
As a group come up with a plan and design to construct your tower with the material provided.

You can draw you designs, write your ideas down or plan out the stages you are going to construct your tower.
Third task create: 5 minutes
Start as group to construct your tower using the materials that are provided.
*Refer to your plan and design.
Final task evaluate: 5 minutes
Take a minute to have a look around the classroom at the other groups towers.

Now as a group use the evaluation sheet and write about the 3 previous areas of the design cycle. Discuss the positive aspects and ways in which the group could have improved what they did.
Some examples of attempts to create the tallest marshmallow and spaghetti tower.
Thank you and hope this helps in your studies.
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