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Activity Chooser Chart

The Nuffield Design & Technology curricula introduced the "Chooser Chart" graphic which show competing factors that designers consider and weigh when making design decisions. The Activity Chooser Chart below uses this approach to help you compare key features of design activities (vertical columns) from different activities (horizontal rows) found in DITC. You can access explanations of the vertical dimensions by moving the cursor over a catagory title to get an explanation for that column.

Activity Chooser Chart
  Time Starter
Plans
Building
Skills
Directed/
Open-Ended
Converge/
Diverge
Links To
Concepts
 
Authentic
Task
 
Solo/
Group
 
Drawings Measure
Performance
Fast Iterations Computer
Simulation
Model Parachute 3-7 days N Diverge Either Sketches Y
Machines That Help 2-4 weeks N Diverge Group Sketches N
Vehicles In Motion 4-8 weeks Y Diverge Group Free-body Diagram N
Shopping Bag 3-5 days Y Diverge Either Chart N
Parade Float 7-10 weeks N Diverge Solo Portfolio N
Cardboard Chair 5-7 weeks N Diverge Both Ortho-
graphic
N
Baking Soda 3-5 days Y Converge Either Graph N
Paper Bridge 3-5 days Y Converge Either Storyboard Y
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