Demonstration and talk by me, of some of my inventions.
All members split into groups each group is named after a famous inventor I.E ( Baird, Da-Vinci, Biro, Edison) design a club logo.
I gave them some subjects to think of an invention that would help the disabled and or the elderly something for the home or they could choose their own subject. This in turn gives them the freedom to think without the usual boundaries.
During these early weeks we would discuss and think of innovative ideas each group would write the ideas down and draw some initial sketches. This would lead to the use of computers, reference books, measurements, dimensions, maths etc. Show a simple invention, to see the amount of measuring is involved.
Learning about misinformation, very important when relying on your own drawings and measurements being interpreted by a foreign manufacturer. This entails the “wooden door key” “the left shoe on the right foot”, the paper plane experiment. And think of a number! Also misleading pictures. Can they not only think, but also see outside the box!
Build an Electromagnetic motor! Using (1) AA battery (1) 150mm of thin copper wire (1) tiny metal washer (1) Chrome spanner (1) Micro magnet about 5mm (1) Micro magnet about 10mm, this is a test to see if they can get it to work or as near as they can, as they work in groups this will be a unique insight into their technical skills.
(gb.espacenet.com) each team would look at this very useful website to see if there are any Patent applications or existing Patents that may resemble theirs, (However slight) explain the Patent law of “Obvious” The pupils were shown how to fill in a Patent application form. Cherry pick the ideas by agreement of all club members, shuffle members into the two groups that have invented the top two inventions to go forward to the B.I.T.E challenge shield And work in a new team environment. We are now left with two new groups, each with its own idea of invention; these will need fine tuning and plenty of discussion between the Pupils in each group.
Preparing detailed drawings for manufacture, involving technical drawing, and manufacture instructions, materials to be used, thicknesses, tolerances, etc. The pupils were asked to make a prototype of their invention from a box of mixed materials that neither of the two inventions could possibly be made from! After the realization of this the pupil’s were asked to make a list of materials that the inventions could be made of.
Now given the materials they asked for, the teams were asked to make the other groups prototypes from the others drawings only without asking any questions of the team that had invented it! Having made the prototypes for the opposing team and realizing that the details, drawings, instructions etc they were given, were no way detailed enough for a prototype to be made satisfactorily. Each team would list the opposing team’s misinformation and then the teams worked on their own invention and go back to the drawing board to look where the mistakes occurred and re-write the instructions.
Personal Presentations, each pupil would explain their inventions to both groups and would answer the groups questions that they might be asked by the general public .Reporters, TV interviewers etc. I taught them to project their voices while giving a demonstration of their invention; this boosted their confidence to talk to members of the public that they will meet on the exhibition stand. How to deal with awkward strangers and the questions they might be asked, to stay polite and deal with each situation as it presents itself on the stand, and finally to have FUN!
The group can now meet when necessary to discuss any new inventions they may have come up with, since starting the program or build the invention/s they want to enter into the challenge competition.
Skills learnt on the course
Bring out their flair and design
How to research many subjects
Pure mathematics /Science
Improve communication skills
Time schedules and costing
Thinking three dimensionally
Meeting deadline challenges head on
Patent laws and infringements
Negotiating / Pricing
Thinking outside the box
Personal presentations to the other pupils
Learn to LISTEN!
Release their imagination
Just as important as all the above......to have FUN!