Learning Objectives

Students will:

  1. follow the design thinking process to design a “one & only” coaster for clients;
  2. use Laserbox to engrave a coaster template.

Preparation:

  1. Cups
  2. Engraving materials: 3mm basswood sheets
  3. Laserbox

 

Session 1  Lead-in

Tell students that they are going to play a role-playing game. They will act as the designers working for the company “One & Only Coasters” and the teacher (you) will be their client. Introduce the background: “Students, welcome to be part of “One & Only Coasters”. The motto of our company is simple: create one & only coasters. Now let’s take a look at the business of this company: it uses the tool, LaserBox, to design custom coasters for clients.

Help students identify and define the problems. Act as a client and have students ask you questions. These questions should center on what the client wants and likes. For example: The client’s (the teacher’s) daughter will have her birthday next week. The girl used to hate drinking water, but she changed her attitude due to a coaster later. Unfortunately, the coaster was damaged so now the client wants to buy a new one for her daughter as a birthday present. She wants the coaster to be functional and pretty.

Ask students to write down the problems.

 

For the complete lesson plan and instruction manual, please download the Lesson Plan.