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Capstone Topics: Defining the Need and Creating Value
Updated: 9/8/2021 10:32 AM by Becky Benishek
Description
A lecture and assignment describes the entrepreneurial mindset and other issues to consider when defining capstone topics. "Connections" are discussed in the context of Steven Johnson's book, "Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation".  Students must write an assignment that references the Strategyzer value proposition canvas.  Several relevant videos are in the slides and folder below.
These materials were used in the Aerospace Capstone Design program, where some projects are defined by students.
Instructor Tips
Though the material could be used in other contexts, this was presented at the start of the Aerospace Engineering Capstone (Senior Design) sequence. At our school, some of the senior design projects are industry sponsored, while others are defined by the students. This opportunity to define their own projects give students a chance to directly apply EM concepts- especially "creating value."

Curiosity
  • Explore a contrarian view of accepted solution
Connections
  • Integrate information from many sources to gain insight
Creating Value
  • Identify unexpected opportunities to create extraordinary value
Opportunity
  • Identify Opportunity
  • Investigate Market
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Folders
Description
Lecture slides, the related student assignment, and two student examples are included below.
Title Type Ext Date Size
Slides- Defining the Need and Creating Value.pptx Presentation .pptx 5/24/2019 4.7 MB
Assignment-Capstone Project Ideas.docx Assessment / Rubric .docx 5/24/2019 80.9 KB
Student Example- Capstone ideas.docx Student Artifact / Example .docx 5/24/2019 60.3 KB
Student Example2- Capstone ideas(MASS).docx Student Artifact / Example .docx 5/24/2019 41.9 KB
Description
Video Links below in order:
KEEN: Entrepreneurial vs. Traditional Engineering (KEEN)
WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson
Painstorming for Opportunity Recognition & Ideation Stimulus by Dr. Ken Bloemer (KEEN)

Biomimicry Database: AskNature
Title Type Ext Date Size
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufdgKZ_3Zco&list=PLvITFYQeu1sFKecbGpVFBH44TCFnbanly Video 5/24/2019 -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU Video 5/24/2019 -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCgoI2cPK-E Video 5/24/2019 -
https://asknature.org/ Other 5/24/2019 -