2015 Middle School Technical Design Problem The Dream Backpack Some of the most popular backpack companies have realized there is an important flaw in their products. Throughout the years, their research teams have discovered that their backpacks cannot support the amount of weight the average student carries. This leads to muscle strain and joint pains. A design team has decided to hire you as a part of their new project development division to create a more functional, supportive and durable backpack. In addition to being supportive, the design team requires the backpack to serve another function, or have a “special” feature. This other function should be something that a student would find useful. Follow the steps of the design process to solve the problem. You do not have to build a model, but the design and function(s) of the backpack must be thoroughly explained in the notebook using text and hand-drawn sketches. All of the materials that would be used to make the backpack should be specified. Deadline: Entries must be received in the NJ TSA Office, or postmarked, by 5pm on March 24, 2015.
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