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    Lesson Plan: Reinvent the Shopping Cart

    Jennie Fennelle
    Published on - May 25, 2021 by Jennie Fennelle

    Teachers & Parents

    When was the last time you used an everyday object or tool and noticed that it could use a design update to improve its functionality? That’s at the heart of our new lesson plan, “Redesign the Shopping Cart,” which was written by our friends at Spark!Lab Smithsonian.

    Shopping Cart Hero Image

    Reinvented Shopping Cart Example

    Invention takes practice, and it’s rarely a linear process. Students become inventors by following a provided invention framework that guides them through brainstorming and sketching ideas, using Tinkercad to design in 3D, evaluating their ideas, seeking feedback, tweaking their plans, and then finally sharing their new shopping cart designs with their instructor and peers.

    The lesson plan is designed for students in grades 5 through 12 (US) and aligns with ISTE standards 3 – 6: Knowledge Constructor, Innovative Designer, Computational Thinker, and Creative Communicator. It includes resources like fillable PDF worksheets and a Tinkercad starter file, as well as an optional PDF version of the lesson plan you can download and print. It's appropriate for in-person or remote learning and can easily be adapted for other grades and complexity levels. 

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