Visioneering Teacher Guide

Your day at Visioneering

You've registered a team of student's to participate in Visioneering. Now what?  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 and walk to McFarlin Auditorium 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 Opening Ceremony 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 couple of hours to do this.

Return to McFarlin Auditorium where local companies like Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, Fluor Corp., and Bell Helicopter, will host a Engineering Exhibit and Panel — 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 an opening ceremony, engineering exhibit and panel, or awards ceremony is pretty exciting and provides a great explanation of what it means to be an engineer, but the main component of Visioneering is the Design Challenge 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 to come up with solutions to this problem. Want to practice a Design Challenge? Use the Engineering Design Algorithm and the actual Visioneering Design Challenge from 2016 to practice with your students!