This is a project idea that I had when thinking of how to prep my students for building complex structures in class. The major difference between myself and my students when designing products is that I have more experience in material types and what they are good for. I was thinking about how to bridge this gap at the beginning of a semester and landed on this project.
Students will perform stress tests, also called failure analyses, on a selected material and document their experimentation in a video. Then groups will switch materials and make a summary page for a different material. In the end we will publish these in a Material Usage Guide for the students and school to reference when designing things.