Work Hard and Work Smart: Designing for Athletes
By Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, October 5, 2006
- High School
- Product Design
- Language Arts
Common Core Standards
Anchor standards for Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration:
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Anchor standards for Language:
Conventions of Standard English:
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
- respond to writing prompts
- conduct Internet research
- explore the relationship between physical activity, health and nutrition
- compare, contrast, and analyze diverse sources of information
- create a class presentation
- Internet websites
- "Design for Athletes" worksheet
- computer with Internet access
- drawing or construction paper
- health and fitness-related magazines and books
- markers, crayons, pencils
- stapler, scissors, glue
Building Background Generating IdeasThe purpose of this activity is to help students activate background knowledge on a variety of sports. 1. Lead a class discussion based on the following questions:
- What kind of equipment does a soccer player use?
- What kind of equipment does a tennis player use?
- What kind of equipment does a basketball player use?
- What kind of equipment does a hockey player use?
- What kind of equipment does a softball player use?
- What kind of equipment does a lacrosse player use?
- What kind of equipment does a volleyball player use?
- What kind of equipment does a figure skater use?
- What kind of equipment does a surfer use?
- What kind of equipment does a field hockey player use?
- What kind of equipment does a ballet dancer use?
- What kind of equipment does a swimmer use?
- What kind of equipment does an equestrian use?
- What kind of equipment does a golfer use?
Steps for Learning Making It Work: Know Your SportThe purpose of this activity is to help students create a design for a sports gear bag. 1. Divide the class into small groups. Give each group a copy of the "Design for Athletes" handout. 2. Have the students present their work to their classmates. 3. Host a mock design award show using the students' work. First, as a class, decide what categories you will use for the awards. The following is a list of suggestions:
- Most Original Design
- Most Practical Design
- Most Attractive Design
ReflectionCreate a class rubric with your students that will help them understand the effectiveness of their design process. Use the following guidelines to help create the rubric. -How effective was your brainstorming in generating ideas? Excellent Good Adequate Poor -Rate how effectively you analyzed the information you used to identify your problem. Excellent Good Adequate Poor -Rate the effectiveness of your presentation. Excellent Good Adequate Poor -Rate how clearly you communicated your ideas. Excellent Good Adequate Poor -Rate how clearly you communicated your solution. Excellent Good Adequate Poor -Rate your effectiveness as problem solvers. Excellent Good Adequate Poor -Rate your creativity. Excellent Good Adequate Poor
Enrichment Extension Activities
Activity One: The Human Body
Ask students to conduct research on how different sports require different body movements. Have the class complete a chart comparing the results of their research.
Activity Two: Nutrition & Sports
Have students explore the role of nutrition in athletic performance. Ask the students to create a poster to share what they learned with their classmates. Tell the class to begin by viewing the following website: http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/sports.html.