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Project 10.

1 Distance Design Challenge

Where did the food come from that made up your breakfast this morning? Was it
grown, picked, processed, packaged, and sold to you by the same person? Was the
vehicle that brought you to school today designed and manufactured by a team of
people that went to work in the same building, took their lunch breaks together, and
communicated with each other using the same language?
Being able to see and talk with your teammates is usually an ideal situation, but
technological systems rely on the expertise of individuals that are scattered across
the world. For years, engineers have worked in distance teams to develop solutions
to problems. As communication tools, such as email, become integrated into cultural
practices, so too does the practice of working in distance teams.
An engineering team is made up of people that rely primarily or exclusively on
electronic forms of communication to work together to accomplish a goal. Up until
this point, you have worked in teams that use face-to-face contact as the primary
means of communication. There are inherent benefits to this. Teams that exist under
one roof have the ability to converse spontaneously when generating ideas, and
often read each others body language to identify and thwart conflicts before they
occur. Teams that rely on face-to-face contact often socialize with each other, and
build personal bonds of friendship that result in a level of trust that is critical to
tackling responsibilities that are beyond the capability of one individual. In order to
develop a greater understanding of what it is like to function as an engineer in the
21st century, engineering students must be willing to step outside of their comfort
zone to experience teamwork through a distance environment.

Equipment and Services

Engineers notebook
Solid CAD modeling program
Microsoft PowerPoint
Internet access

Microsoft Word
Digital camera
Email access

In this activity, you will be teamed up with 2 other students. At least one of your
partners will not be from your partner school. You will use your knowledge of design
process, engineering tools, the internet, and methods other than direct face-to-face
contact to communicate and work with your partners to solve a given problem.
Read through the following design brief and make sure you understand all the
aspects of the problem. Record your thoughts or questions in your engineers
notebook as you read through the design brief.
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Once your teacher has paired you up with your teammates, work with your partners
to establish team norms through Activity 9.4 Team Norms.
General Team Guidelines
1. Make at least one entry in your engineers notebook for every class period.
Identify all of your research sources, and sketch all of your ideas in your
engineers notebook. Use the Engineers Notebook Evaluation as a guide.
2. Use email as your primary means of communication. If you expect your
teammate to respond to you, indicate this in your message. Do not assume that
your partner has received your message.
3. Digitize your sketches through the use of a scanner, and send them to your
partner as either email attachments.
4. Create a file folder structure within your student folder that follows the team
norms that you and your partner have established. As you receive files from your
teammates, save the file to your network folder according to the file revision
protocols. This will be especially important with CAD and PowerPoint files.
5. As often as your teacher requires fill out and submit a Periodic Self-Evaluation
and a Periodic Teammate 10-Point Evaluation form. This is a requirement.
These documents will be kept confidential, and will be stored by your instructor
until the end of the project.
6. For this project each team member will be responsible for the drawings required
to complete the task. Your individual teacher will indicate which drawing and
documents they will require to be submitted for an individual grade. All nonstandard parts must be represented by dimensioned technical drawings,
complete with notations and title blocks.
a. A multiview assembly drawing and an exploded isometric assembly
complete with balloons and parts list must be included. All parts lists must
be positioned and labeled correctly. Title blocks will be included on both
drawings, and positioned correctly.
7. At the conclusion of this project you and your partners, create a summary
PowerPoint presentation that each of you will deliver, individually, to your
classmates. This presentation is to last no more than five minutes. Use the
Summary Presentation Evaluation as a guide in the development of this
presentation. Use this evaluation to gage the quality of each teams delivery of
their presentation.
8. When the presentation is finished, and the final class evaluation of the visual,
structural, and functional qualities of each teams design has been conducted, fill
out the Teammate Performance Summary.

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Indoor Miniature Golf Course


Mall of America


Typical mall customer, aged 6-60


The Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN has designated

3720 square fee of open mall space to construct a 24 hole
indoor miniature golf course. Since this is a RUSH project,
small design teams will be utilized to design 3 holes per


Design 3 consecutive holes of the golf course as assigned

by the project manager. The 3 holes have to have a
consistent theme, and be related to each other.


All 3 holes will have a consistent theme.

All 3 holes must fit into a rectangular space that is 30 x
All holes have a 5 height limit. The office can be taller.
The entry and exit points to the 3 hole set will be given.
A 30 pathway should be planned to travel from hole to
hole and area to area
All holes must have some type of moving animated part.
All holes will include a standard tee off pad and scoring


One student will be elected to be the project manager.

The project manager will design the tee off pad, the
scoring podium. They will be responsible for the design
of the 120 sq. ft. office and the final assembly drawing
bringing all 8 areas together.

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Teams Formed
Initial Contact and Introductions
Team Norms Established
Activity 9.4
4-8-15 thru 4-10-15

May 5 STAAR Testing

May 6 STAAR Algebra I

Group Brainstorms Theme

4-11-15 & 4-12-15
Project Manager Assigns Areas
Teams Divide Areas for 3

Individual Team Members

Design Holes
4-20-15 thru 5-5-15

Project Manager Design Tee,

Podiums, & Office Area
4-20-15 thru 5-5-15

Teams Assemble
3 Hole Area
5-8-15 thru 5-9-15

Teams Prepare Power Point

Highlighting Their 3 Holes
5-10-15 thru 5-14-15

Project Manager
Assemble 24 Hole Course
5-10-15 thru 5-14-15

Final Presentation
ALL paperwork due
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