MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
The demonstration will be each group's presentation of their own machine to the class. They will explain their machine's goal and their design process, and then have one try to make their machine work.
Once all machines are finished and scored, groups will study the schematics of all of the class' machines and create a list of the "best" or most effective features of each. Then the class will come together to combine lists and come up with a class list of "best features," which they will then find a way to integrate into a "Super Machine."
Why is our "Super Machine" superior to the individual machines?
How could the process used in this activity be generalized to a different design process?