Visioneering Teacher Guide

Your day at Visioneering

You've registered a team of student's to participate in Visioneering. Now what?

First, let's walk you through what you and your students will be doing when you come to Visioneering. First you will step off the bus in front of Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus. Second, you'll have a lot of fun while taking the opportunity to introduce your students to broad world of opportunities that a career in Engineering can provide.

During the day you will:

Start off with an exciting Pep Rally in McFarlin Auditorium, which includes a short talk from a professional working in a STEM field.

Break out into a classrooms across SMU's campus to work on the Design Challenge with their mentor. This will be a fun and hectic time because you will only have a few hours to do this.

Return to Moody Coliseum where local companies like Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, Fluor Corp., Raytheon, and Frito Lay will host a Tech Expo — displaying products and technology for your students.

Attend the closing Awards Ceremony where the top team projects in each judging category will be recognized.


The Design Competition

Attending a pep rally, tech expo or awards ceremony is pretty straightforward stuff. But a large component of Visioneering is the Design Competition. In this portion of the day, you will work with your students and a mentoring engineer to come up with ways to engineer a solution to a problem statement that deals with a real world issue or challenge.

Your mentoring engineer will guide your team to brainstorm together to find ways to use the Engineering Design Algorithm as presented by The Infinity Project  (the award winning developer engineering curriculum for use in middle schools and high schools based at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering) to come up with solutions to this problem. But we thought it might be nice to provide you with some guidance in advance of the competition.

Here are some materials that are aimed at introducing your students to engineering concepts and the Infinity Project Engineering Design Process before they come to Visioneering.

Brief Introduction to Engineering Design Process

Related Materials

Curriculum modules from The Infinity Project

Our competition is based in large part on materials developed by The Infinity Project. The Infinity Project is a national award winning middle school, high school, and early college engineering curricula. This math- and science-based engineering and technology education initiative helps educators deliver a maximum of engineering exposure with a minimum of training, expense and time. Created to help students see the real value of math and science and its varied applications to high tech engineering - The Infinity Project is working with schools all across the country to bring the best of engineering to their students.

Here are some materials from The Infinity Project  you are free to try out in your classroom as you prepare for Visioneering.

Example of past Visioneering Design Challenge (2008)

Want to make a practice run working on a similar Design Challenge that you will see at Visioneering? Here is the actual Design Challenge used at our 2008 event.