Research, Floor 3

Research, Floor 3

As you may, or may not, know by now, Visitor, these research jobs are a key part of each Floor.  They give you the background knowledge you need in order to understand the material we work with on each floor.

If you just want to meet the minimum requirements, the Diploma Design Technology (DDT) readings are usually the briefer of the two options.  Mr. Blyth's materials are usually more detailed, if you are interested in the topic and want a broader and deeper picture.

Sometimes they're pretty similar, but often they complement one another with different examples or different approaches.  If you want to really go in depth, read both.  When you're reviewing (later in the two-year sequence) it's helpful to read the material you skipped on the first go-round.

Now, let's fly into the wide open ideas of Invention and Innovation!

Research by Gregor Cresnar from the Noun ProjectRequired research readingone of each topic area.

Note: In this case, 5.1 and 5.2 are part of a larger (5.x) unit; you only need to read the sections listed, for this quest.  Feel free to read beyond, if you interested, though!

Required research reading for HL:  one of each topic area.

If you're an SL employee, skip these readings (unless they're interesting!) and click Complete.

Now, if you'd like Mastery for this job, Visitor, it's time to reflect about what you've read.  Analyze and synthesize your research to answer 6 of the following questions (your choice).  Post the answers in your blog and add a link to your post here.

  1. Contrast being a lone inventor with working on a design team.
  2. Describe the skills Product Champions have that make them successful at bringing an invention to the market place.
  3. Explain the drivers for invention and suggest an example of a product that was invented for each of the drivers you list (with details regarding why it fits).
  4. Define Intellectual Property, list 3 different ways it can be protected, and suggest an example of a product that would be protected using each method you list.
  5. Explain why an inventor or company would want to protect Intellectual Property.
  6. List some reasons why patented inventions are shelved and suggest an example of a product/device that has been shelved.
  7. Describe an example of a product that was first to market and how it benefitted
  8. Contrast the IB's definitions of invention and innovation.
  9. Define two of the three different types of innovations and suggest an example product that represents each, with details regarding why.
  10. Explain three strategies for innovation in design.
  11. Contrast diffusion and suppression with regard to market innovation.
  12. Outline why few inventions become innovations.
  13. Suggest a product you feel is an innovation and explain why.

Mabrook, Visitor!  That's it for Research on Floor 3.

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