Working in pairs or groups, students assemble a prototype model, learning multiple different cardboard joining techniques in the process. BTS staff step through what prototyping is, where it is useful and some different kinds of prototyping. Students are then given agency to create their own prototype design based on a Commonwealth Games challenge.
The program can be facilitated onsite at the Tech School or you can request prototyping packs and instructional material, including in program video content to be sent out to your school.
Prototyping is an essential step in the product development process which allows the quick testing of ideas that can be rapidly improved upon through multiple iterations. It is an integral skill embedded in Design Thinking and this program can be scaled up to involve students in Design Thinking challenges.
Rapid prototyping is utilised in a number of other Tech School programs and this short session is the perfect introduction to get the most out of future program participation.