The Big Idea (global relevance)
Attending high school is a privilege that American students often take for granted. Designing a sign to advertise their high school provides students with the opportunity to consider why attending high school is valuable. In determining how to advertise their school in a positive light to the community, students will consider how to be true to that positive advertisement. In other words, students will have the opportunity to take ownership for the current and future academic status of their school.
- The school board has turned down the opportunity to move forward with building a new school. How could we build our rapport with our community so that they would want to move forward with the new building project in the future?
- Does signage/advertising work?
Winton Woods High School District is in Academic Watch. How will our school advertise that we are a school worth supporting? That our current building is a desirable place to learn?
If we are able to communicate a more positive impression of our school to the community, they may want to join our team and build the proposed new school building.
- How big does a sign need to be? (Research: How big is the Target sign?)
- What distance away will people be able to see our sign?
- What, if any, legal requirements are there for school signage?
ACS (Real world applications; career connections; societal impact)
With a new sign for our school, we as students and teachers have an impression to uphold. To proclaim that our school is “Aiming for Excellence,” for example, means that we need to literally aim for excellence in our academics day in and day out.
By putting up a new sign for our school, and making that investment as a class, we may want to contribute to our community in ways outside of our school work. The question of “how can we serve our community?” came up in more than one class.
Students work through each step of the Engineering Design Process in this unit. The last step of “redesign” is a project extension where students will work with the School Board to come up with a final plan to install a new sign for our building.
The career focus for this unit is a Graphic Designer. While this career is not specific to engineering, the Graphic Designer charged with creating a sign for a company must go through the same steps as the Engineering Design Process.