In this module, students will create a conceptual picture of a repair technician.
- A profile sheet or other profile document
- Technical Communication
- Engineering Design
- Technical Identity
This activity correlates to the following Next Generation Science Standards. These standards incorporate the Common Core Literacy Standards. This activity may correlate to other standards, but these are the best fit:
NGSS Engineering Design - Performance Expectations
- HS-ETS1-2. Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
- HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
- Computer, ideally with internet access
- Supplies to make profile sheet, document, or video
Activity 1: Developing Preconceived Ideas
- Introduce repair to the class and have students brainstorm why repair is important. See the resources below.
- Have students draw a picture of a repair technician and write some descriptive phrases. Have students include what they think a repair technician fixes.
- Share these ideas as a class to create a starting model of a repair technician.
Activity 2: Repair Technician Profile
- Have students research different repair technicians, and encourage students to find at least three types of technicians. See if they can interview a repair technician, or arrange for one to visit your classroom.
- Have students highlight differences from the technicians they met/researched to the one they drew in class.
- Have students find a friend or family member who has repaired something and compare them to their repair technician.
- Have students compare themselves to both the professional repair technician and the repair hobbyist, including skill sets. Have students write a reflection on whether or not they could be a repair technician, including what they would need to be a repair technician.
- Have students create a profile piece tying these three repairers (professional, family/friend/themselves) together.
- Why should everyone be a repair technician? When is it important to seek professional repair help? When is it good to try things yourself?
- What prevents people from feeling like they can repair their things? How can we address these issues?
- What can we do as a society to support repair culture?