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POE 1.4

PLTW POE 1.4 Vocabulary and Terms to Know

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Accuracy The condition or quality of being true, correct, or exact; precision; exactness.
Assembly A group of machined or handmade parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit.
Brainstorming A group technique for solving problems, generating ideas, stimulating creative thinking, etc., by unrestrained spontaneous participation in discussion.
Component A part or element of a larger whole.
Constraint A limit to a design process. Constraints may be such things as appearance, funding, space, materials, and human capabilities.
Decision Matrix A tool for systematically ranking alternatives according to a set of criteria.
Design Brief A written plan that identifies a problem to be solved, its criteria, and its constraints. The design brief is used to encourage thinking of all aspects of a problem before attempting a solution.
Design Modification A major or minor change in the design of an item, effected in order to correct a deficiency, to facilitate production, or to improve operational effectiveness.
Design Process A systematic problem-solving strategy, with criteria and constraints, used to develop many possible solutions to solve a problem or satisfy human needs and wants and to winnow (narrow) down the possible solutions to one final choice.
Design Statement A part of a design brief that challenges the designer, describes what a design solution should do without describing how to solve the problem, and identifies the degree to which the solution must be executed.
Designer A person who designs any of a variety of things. This usually implies the task of creating drawings or in some way using visual cues to organize work.
Open-Ended ­Not having fixed limits; unrestricted; broad.
Pictorial Sketch A sketch that shows an object’s height, width, and depth in a single view.
Problem Statement A part of a design brief that clearly and concisely identifies a client’s or target consumer’s problem, need, or want.
Purpose The reason for which something is done or for which something exists.
Sketch A rough drawing representing the main features of an object or scene and often made as a preliminary study.
Solid Modeling A type of 3D CAD modeling that represents the volume of an object, not just its lines and surfaces. This allows for analysis of the object’s mass properties.
Target Consumer A person or group for which product or service design efforts are intended.
Team A collection of individuals, each with his or her own expertise, brought together to benefit a common goal.
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