Make a Prototype and Test Your Design
(1 – 1½ hours depending on food prep time and surveying) > Print/View All Notes
Students will create their children's meal and solicit feedback from taste testers in this activity. Before class begins, you will need to buy the food required for your students to make their recipes—or you will need to arrange with students to buy ingredients themselves. Keep track of the price of ingredients so that you can verify that each team's meal costs $6 or less. (Note that students will be preparing meals twice—in the prototype phase now, and then when they refine their design after gathering feedback.) You may wish to make arrangements with family consumer science or culinary students to prepare the food. Students may also make arrangements to prepare their meals at home. Assist students with planning the preparation of their meals with their STEM teams. Students will time themselves as they prepare the meals, making sure that all the meals can be prepared in ten minutes or less. If possible, have students take and print pictures of their meals to include on page 19 in their portfolios.
Next, arrange for them to taste test their meals with another group of students or younger children, if possible. Remind students to gather feedback on their meals using the survey on page 20 in their Engineering Portfolios.