Benchmark and design is a Learning Activity in which pupils are presented with a design task. Pupils create and refine their design brief, with a focus in the final product, and the proposed end-user of the design project. Pupils document the progress of the design task using blogging platforms.
Pupils then gather 10 or so examples of items similar to the artefact under design for the purposes of benchmarking and evaluating their design against the pre-existing articles. Having reviewed their design against existing examples, they then showcase their design to potential users of the product. Based on feedback received, the pupils refine their design, and produce a prototype.
"This activity fosters students imagination of invention. Inspiring from something that is already available and bringing something new about. A very well thought idea my students will certainly enjoy it."
Adil Tugyan Tevfik İleri Anatolian High School Turkey
Pupils in Bertha-von-Suttner-Schule, Germany, use the Benchmark and design Learning Activity as part of their biology lesson.
5th year pupils in Gymnázium Hladnov in Ostrava, Czech Republic, create maths quizzes for younger pupils. Over the course of the Learning Activity, pupils used presentation tools, including Powerpoint and Prezi, to present their work.
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