DESIGN PROBLEM: CONTROL SYSTEMS (AKA MARBLE SORTER)

Principles of Engineering: Problem 3.3.1

Congratulations to teams from Danvers and Uxbridge High Schools for being selected by industry experts as challenge winners! Thank you to all who participated and received feedback from industry experts. Keep up the great work! Winners were selected in the following categories:

Challenge Winner | Awarded to the team with the best over control systems project and process, as demonstrated by the thorough documentation of design development and decision making, in addition to a fully automated functioning sorting system that effectively separates the mixed materials.

Team DHS B Block from Danvers High School, for the thorough and creative way they approached the sorting problem through the development of a conveyor belt, their detailed design, well thought out flow diagram and clear explanation of their iterative thought process.

Innovation Award | Awarded to the team with the most creative project. The winning project demonstrates a unique and innovative approach to developing a sorting mechanism. 

Team SMU Crew from Uxbridge High School for their innovative design in moving the sorting bins rather than the chute and demonstrated consideration for future iterations and improvement.

RELEVANT CLASSWORK

Project Portfolio, including:

  • Your decision matrix, evaluating four solution ideas
  • Your final design solution, with a detailed sketch or 3D modeled design and rationale for selection of that idea
  • Your final design system, with pictures of the built system, written program to drive the system, flowchart, and any other relevant materials

Optional: video of functioning sorting system

Optional: design modification document – if your final design solution was changed, include the document with modifications, with an explanation of why the modifications were needed and how the new design solution solved the problem.

Answer to the reflection question:

  • What are some creative changes that you would make to the design solution if you could start over?
All complete project submissions will receive industry expert feedback!
  • Challenge Winner | Awarded to the team with the best over control systems project and process, as demonstrated by the thorough documentation of design development and decision making, in addition to a fully automated functioning sorting system that effectively separates the mixed materials.
  • Innovation Award | Awarded to the team with the most creative project. The winning project demonstrates a unique and innovative approach to developing a sorting mechanism. 

PRIZES!

  • All winning student teams and their teachers will receive a Rocketbook — never lose your great ideas by instantly saving them from your notebook to the cloud!