Evaluate the safety of designs.
DefinitionEvaluation should include asking the following questions:
- Does the design create the safest product within constraints?
- Does the design adhere to industry/legal safety standards?
- Has the design been tested?
- Has the design minimized the risk to the end user (consumer) and artisan (manufacturer)?
- When is a design considered safe? Unsafe?
- When would a company make a decision to order a recall?
- What is the safety/cost trade-off in an engineering design project?
Related Standards of Learning
The student will write program specifications that define the constraints of a given problem.
The student will plan and conduct investigations using experimental design and product design processes. Key concepts include
- the components of a system are defined;
- instruments are selected and used to extend observations and measurements;
- information is recorded and presented in an organized format;
- the limitations of the experimental apparatus and design are recognized;
- the limitations of measured quantities are recognized through the appropriate use of significant figures or error ranges;
- models and simulations are used to visualize and explain phenomena, to make predictions from hypotheses, and to interpret data; and
- appropriate technology including computers, graphing calculators, and probeware is used for gathering and analyzing data and communicating results.