Invention, Innovation, Inquiry


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This unit is about innovation, measurement, and anthropometrics, which is the study of the size of human form. Students will be using an engineering design process to design and develop an improved product that is used by the human hand. They will be studying the sizes of the human hand and using these measurements to estimate sizes of various objects. They will also be improving their measurement ability through various activities.

"It told me that not only adults can make innovations or innovate, kids can too!"(Student quote)

Learning Goals

Students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic design concepts as they relate to measurement and human form.
  • Explain and demonstrate how an engineering design process can be used to improve technological devices.
  • Describe limitations for a given device or design.
  • Realize that with innovation, technological devices can be improved in many different ways


All units contain teacher background information, handouts, transparency masters, and a student packet.

Each unit is designed to integrate mathematics and science with technology and take 8 to 10 days.


Acknowledgment and Disclaimer
"This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0095922.""Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."