1.       Understand the Problem

The problem was that we needed to create a package to put inside an envelope so that we could safely ship a chip in the mail without it breaking.

2.       Gather Information

The materials we had to use were straws, index cards, Popsicle sticks, tape, and glue sticks. The rules were that the package had to be able to close and we could not put anything on the outside of the envelope.

3.       Develop Several Solutions

We knew that we wanted to use straws so the first idea we came up with was to tape the straws to Popsicle sticks that were glued to index cards. We would then put these creations on each side of the envelope and stick the chip in between them. Unfortunately, two of these would not fit into the envelope so we had to take a slightly different approach.

4.       Implement a Solution

Our final solution was to use one of the creations mentioned earlier and to put index cards stuffed with tiny straws on the opposite side of it. We would then place the chip in the middle of the two creations and hope for the best.

5.       Test and Evaluate the Solution

Our chip broke during the first test which consisted of Mrs. Ashlock dropping the envelope from a high distance. I don’t believe that the straws offered enough padding for the chip in the drop. Another thing that might have affected it was how compact the space was that the chip had to sit in. I think the chip broke due to the force of the two sides pressing together when the envelope hit the ground.

6.       Redesign and Communicate the Solution

If I did this again I would probably leave more space for the chip to be in so that it isn’t so tight. I would also probably use different materials like bubble wrap or cotton balls or something else that could be used to cushion the chip. I might also make a box around the chip to provide a bit of structure and somewhere for the cushion to be contained.

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