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Design a Pop-up Book

In Pop-up Book Designer, you read about Matthew Reinhart, a pop-up book artist. Now try engineering a science-themed pop-up by following the design process below. Click here to download a pop-up designed by Reinhart to use as inspiration for your design.

PICTURE THE PROBLEM

PHILIP HACKETT

Think about the type of pop-up page you want to create. What parts of it will move? Will the reader need tabs or flaps to slide or open the pop-up? Clearly describe your pop-up idea. (Think about what you will need to make it work and any limitations you might face.)

GET CREATIVE

PHILIP HACKETT

How will you turn the idea you came up with in step 1 into reality? Think of several different solutions. To determine which solutions will work best, write out a step-by-step plan, draw diagrams, or make small models of the mechanisms you’ll need.

CONSTRUCT IT AND TEST IT

PHILIP HACKETT

Pick a solution from step 2. Use it to make your pop-up. Test your design. Write down observations, noting any features that work well, and others that aren’t needed or could be improved. If parts of your design aren’t working, brainstorm why.

REFINE YOUR DESIGN

PHILIP HACKETT

Use the observations you made in step 3 to improve your design. Make adjustments to your original plans. Test the design again. Did your changes make your pop-up work better? If not, keep going back to the drawing board until you’re satisfied. Then use what you learned to make a whole pop-up book!

ANALYZE IT: Compare your pop-up with that of a classmate. Evaluate the designs and discuss the engineering design process you followed. Offer ideas on how to improve your partner’s design and vice versa.

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