33597 Section – Note about Group Presentation Pitches

33597 Students –

Today we jumped ahead to talk more about biotechnology, which was a great conversation. Thank you!

In the schedule I’d listed that we were going to watch during class the video, Guy Kawasaki – Make a Great Pitch, as well as discuss and assign Individual Activity 5, which relates to the video. I’ll move this conversation to Monday.

In the meantime, feel free to get started on the Individual Activity 5 worksheet. Instructions are included, and I think you’ll enjoy this activity. You’ll also see it linked in the Course Schedule (on 4.6).

I also linked in the Course Schedule the structure for your final pitch slides. I’ll make sure to go through these in detail on Monday, but you can download them now (PPT) to see what’s expected.


DNA, Computers, Walgreens, and Synthetic Life

Links for class today and further reading.
•DNA Computer Gets Scaled Up (link)
•Personal DNA Tests Arriving at Walgreens (link)
•Synthetic Life Becomes Reality (video)
•Rat Brain Flight Simulator (video)
Here are the Chapter 2: Biotechnology slides (PPT) that we started on Wednesday and that we’ll wrap up with on Monday.

Chapter 6 Reading and Manufacturing Videos

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Image of HCC MakerBot Cupcake CNC printing of spikey gear and raft in the MakerBot 3D printer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For class on Wednesday and Friday, please read in your textbook, Contemporary Technology, Chapter 6: Manufacturing and Production Enterprises (pp. 181-222).

At the end of the chapter on page 219 are a series of six discussion questions. Give some thought to each question while you read the chapter. For class on Wednesday, be prepared to share an in-depth response to discussion question #6: Consider a simple product you use every day. How would you redesign this product to utilize a “cradle-to-cradle” philosophy?

Check out this video about the Dell computer company’s manufacturing process from order to shipment.

As you are reading, consider the realm of “traditional manufacturing” – done in a factory, still very much like what we saw in the first Industrial Revolution.

What about the next Industrial Revolution? What about Do It Yourself (DIY) manufacturing, right from your own home?

What would be the future of DIY manufacturing and 3D printers? Do we need Star Trek Replicators?

Maybe we’re not there quite yet, but we’re close…

What if you could have your own open source 3D printer on your desktop next to your computer to literally print out anything you can imagine?! How about this video with the 3D printer called MakerBot:

Lecture Materials and Activity 3: Design

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This week we are talking more about design and the way design fits into the concept of Technology as a System – a system complete with inputs, processes, and outputs.

Lecture Materials

For this week, March 12-16, please carefully review two sets of slides on Technology as a System and Problem Solving Design Processes (ODU Google Apps login required).

You should recognize these slides because we’ve seen them several times already this semester. They will not be on a quiz, but will be important in your success on the group project and Activity 3 (explained below).

As designers of technology, you are responsible for carefully managing the flow of inputs (people, information, materials, etc.) through a problem-solving design process in order to maximize desired, intended outputs and minimize undesired, unintended outputs.

By the end of this week and moving into next week, you should have confidence in answering the following questions:

  • What are inputs?
  • What are processes?
  • What are outputs?

Activity 3 (20 points)

Your challenge this week — as a group — is to design, develop, model, evaluate, and communicate a means by which to transport the greatest quantity of provided material from a marked starting point, across a designated distance, and to a marked delivery point with the highest degree of accuracy and precision.

More details to come in class…