The focus on the necessity for education in STEM subjects underscores the demands that make real science and engineering experiences important for high school students.
Design is not just an abstract subject; the quality and usefulness of the product designed matters to students, many of whom focus on real world problem solving.
At Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School, designing a better Windex style spray bottle was the focus for 17 year old Adam Long. He wanted to make it more efficient, so that using every drop was easier, something that can be frustrating when the fluid is low.
He used technical drafting software to lengthen the hose so it reached more liquid. He reshaped the bottle as well, using a 3-D printer to test his design. Adam has an industry certification in the use of technical drafting software.