Think about all the supplies you bought for the new school year. Which supply do you think will need to be replaced first? Why?
What would be the advantages of having a pen that never ran out of ink? Can you think of any disadvantages? If so, what are they?
Do you think students would be a likely market for a pen that never ran out of ink? If so, why? If not, who do you think would be the best target audience for pens like these? Why?
According to the article, the firm that designed the new inkless pen has also designed cars for companies like Ferrari. What do you think the pen would look like if its designers had experience working for a computer company or a fast food chain instead?
- As a class, create a list of supplies students need throughout the school year. Discuss how the supplies are used and why they are necessary for students to complete their work.
- Have students brainstorm a list of things they wish they had-if only the items existed!
- Instruct students to select their MVP "school supply of the future" and imagine what it would look like and how it would work. Give students time to sketch a model of their ideas. Then have students create an advertisement that would encourage other students to buy this new, can't-live-without school supply of the future.
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Backpacks. Lunchboxes. School supplies. Classroom setup. Back to school is an exciting time of year, especially at the National Portrait Gallery. Visit this site to learn how you can register for a teacher workshop or sign your students up for programs. Can’t make it to the Portrait Gallery? No problem. You can also access the classroom resources page to find teacher guides and learn about the collections.
Use this Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum lesson to guide students as they develop their writing skills while creating a “new student brochure” full of important information for new classmates and their families.
Most students use a backpack to bring their belongings to school and back home, and many have a hard time finding things in their backpacks. In this Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum lesson, students will examine their bags to see how the organizational features of the bag address their particular needs. Then students will design a carrier that will better fit their use and needs.
In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, high school students will examine and evaluate reasons why someone might choose to go their particular school. They will also pitch a marketing campaign to attract prospective students in the coming years.
From an aromatic alarm clock to a school bus locator system, read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about some patented products that could help students and parents with the back-to-school transition.
The kids are back to school and parents have done their best to fill seemingly endless lists of new school supplies. But what did children bring with them back to school in the past? Read this article from the National Museum of American History to find out.