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12th Grade STEM PBL


Engineering Design and Development


(12th Grade IDP) Students will research and choose a problem, design a product to solve the problem using advanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), build and test a prototype, analyze data and draw conclusions, manufacture a final product prototype, present the product and marketing strategies at a business convention.


How can life be improved or enhanced through innovative design and production?



AP English Literature and Composition Economics Government AP Calculus AB Physics/Engineering


  • How will scientific & societal media & literature enhance my development of this project?
  • What creative, artistic & practical marketing skills are necessary to sell my products effectively?


  • What products sell?
  • What government incentives support my innovative entrepreneurship?
  • How can data help improve product design?
  • How can a product be designed/manufactured to meet requirements?
  • How can a product be tested?


  • Study scientific & popular literature to research and analyze societal problems & possible effective solutions.
  • Develop a creative & effective business name & logo.
  • Develop business cards & a marketing brochure.
  • Develop creative, artistic & effective designs for all marketing materials.
  • Design a creative, visually appealing, spatially effective & organized demonstration board.
  • Use correct grammar in all materials.
  • Develop creative, effective & well-edited media presentation of product.
  • Develop creative, appealing & concise verbal scripts for live presentations of your product.
  • List best-selling products.
  • Explain laws of supply and demand.
  • Describe marketing strategies that work.
  • Illustrate slogans or trademarks that will help sell your product.
  • Experiment with those strategies on a focus group.
  • Design a marketing strategy for your product.
  • Estimate or predict the level of success or revenue for your product line or idea.
  • Define incentives.
  • Review patent laws.
  • Demonstrate why government should research and development.
  • Criticize disincentives for innovative entrepreneurship.
  • Propose innovation.
  • Rate your government’s support of innovative entrepreneurship.
  • Create a matrix of the problems being considered listing pros and cons for each topic.  Draw a conclusion to choose the final problem.
  • Create a matrix of possible solutions listing pros and cons for each one.  Draw a conclusion.
  • Create an itemized bill of materials for the prototype, listing all parts and their fair market costs.
  • Analyze the data from your testing plan to improve the final product.
  • Define the specifications for the product from design requirements.
  • Design a product that meets the specifications.
  • Manufacture a prototype of the product
  • Define a testing plan to verify whether the product meets the requirements.


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