Materials List: Reverse Engineering Project:
Disassemble, Sketch & Recap

For the teacher's introductory presentation:

Each group needs:

  • a device to take apart; must meet the guidelines specified in the Procedure section and in the presentation; ask groups to scavenge, bring from home or purchase for no more than $5 per person; examples include: flashlight, fishing pole spinning reel, tape dispenser, water gun, bicycle, toy truck, toy rocket, mechanical pencil, remote-controlled car
  • pencil and paper
  • safety glasses, one pair per student
  • computer with access to Microsoft Word® and/or PowerPoint® (for creating final reports and presentations), scanner (for hand sketches), SolidWorks® (the latter is optional)
  • (optional) camera, such as the camera in a cell phone
  • Peer Evaluation Form, one table per student (four provided per file)

To share with the entire class:

  • tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, hand drills, hammers; provide a variety of tools for students to use to take apart their devices
  • measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tapes and calipers