Sample Grading Inventory and Rubric for Tall Buildings
 
As you know, the most important concept you will learn in this class is how to solve problems creatively.
PROBLEM SOLVING = OVERCOMING OBSTACLES + ACHIEVING GOALS
Use this checklist to learn what you should do for good and excellent work during your design activities.
 
Unsatisfactory (1)
Fair
(2)
Good
(3)
Excellent
(4)
I PROBLEM, including a clear statement in your own words
1 Our problem was to see wich (sic) building would be the best. 2 We had to build the tallest building with limited time and money. 3 The problem was to make the tallest building possible with nothing but straws, paper clips, and paper for walls. 4 We had to build a good looking, wind-resistant, tall building that looks like an actual building out of straws, paper, and paper clips.
No statement of problem
Weak statement
Clear statement of problem
II DESIGN BRIEF, including limits, constraints, specifications, and timeline
1 My design brief was the website. 2 Limited supplies, limited time. 3 Our limits were that we could only use as much money as we had and use straws, paper, paper clips to make a building that would withstand winds. 4 With only straws, paper clips, and paper, we had to build a replica of the Empire State Building that could withstand wind load. We had enough time to build the building, but we could not spend too much money. The cost of paper = $1, straw = $2, and paper clips = $5.
No design brief
Weak design brief
Clear design brief
III Product design, including appropriate sketches and exploring multiple SOLUTIONS
1 We had a perfect sketch. 2 The solution we had is to use the thicker straws. 3 . We thought about putting more straws and make it stronger but then we realized that it was strong enough as is. 4
No sketch
Partially sketched designs
Well thought out designs
IV Product construction, including effective use of RESOURCES
1 Well I didn't do very good on this point. 2 We used 84 straws and 90 paper clips. 3 Our resources were straws, paper and paper clips and we built the Sears Tower. 4 We were using stuff wisely. We even found items on the floor and in the trash. We used only 200 straws and 60 paper clips. In the end, we gave back 100 straws and 40 paper clips.
Wasting resources
Not very thoughtful
Sensible use of resources
V Product function, including a working model or PROTOTYPE
1 We didn't have a prototype because it break easy 2 We didn't have a good prototype because we couldn't get it to stand that well. It would colaps (sic). 3 Our resources were used well because every straw (20), paper (2), and paperclip (40) had a spot in the project.. 4 We thought about are (sic) building a lot and designed one, but it broke. So we made a new one and it was the tallest and worked well. It didn't blow over with the wind and we did it on time.
No prototype
Poorly designed prototype
Elegant working prototype
VI Evaluation, including testing, modifing, and improving prototype based on FEEDBACK
1 No change in design 2. We stood it up with great difficulty and a fan was blowing at it and we would see. 3 It didn't work very well and we had to fix it a lot. We built it on time but it could have been better. 4 Some people said we should use the red and white straw instead of the clear straws. We tested the building and realized what was making it bend and then I replaced those faulty straws with stronger straws. We also tested our building many times by shaking it to see if the "joints" were working well. We also used wind to test it and fix mistakes.
No modifications
Some modifications
Well thought out modifications