Balancing Criteria and Constraints

Staff Development Guide

Training Situation: Training (large group)

Length: 60 minutes

Objectives: Participants will understand the definitions of criteria, constraints and trade-offs in the context of engineering and reflect on the skill of balancing criteria and constraints in lessons/activities.


  • Welcome and Introductions — 5 minutes
  • The Engineering Mindset: Exploring Criteria and Constraints — 10 minutes
  • The Catapult: Designing with Criteria and Constraints in Balance — 30 minutes
  • Exploring the Practice with Video and Reflection — 10 minutes
  • Closure and Resources — 5 minutes

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