DESIGN A WAY TO MOVE PEOPLE IN AND AROUND YOUR CITY.
Thousands of years ago we had only one way to move—on foot. In today’s cities there are lots of ways to get around, including bikes, cars, mass transit (like buses, trains, subways, and ferries), escalators, and walkways. Engineers design solutions like these to transport people quickly, safely, and using the least amount of energy. But with so many people on the move, there are bound to be safety problems (like crashes), environmental impacts (like air pollution), and health impacts (like long commutes). Whatever the size and location of your future city, you’ll need to think creatively to keep people moving. Your challenge: Identify a problem of moving people in your future city and design a mode of transportation to solve this problem.
Students will research and write an essay (maximum 1,000 words) in which they design a way to move people around and in your city.
Students will be able to:
Identify different modes of transportation.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of transportation.
Discuss one transportation problem their future city faces and why it is important to address.
Describe a solution for managing the problem.
Evaluate the benefits and risks of their proposed solution.
Recognize that perfectly designed solutions do not exist—all technological solutions have trade-offs and risks such as safety, cost, efficiency, and appearance.
Describe the role of engineering in developing solutions to transportation.
Identify the steps of the design process (define the problem; brainstorm various solutions; select a solution; design, build, test, and redesign a solution; share results).