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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2011, High School Technology/Engineering

  Question 11: Open-Response  
A group of students is designing a solar cooker. As part of the design process, the students must test a prototype to see if it is able to boil water.
  1. Identify one step in the engineering design process the students should do before testing the prototype.
  2. Explain why the step you identified in part (a) is important in the engineering design process as it relates to the solar cooker.
  3. Identify one step in the engineering design process the students should do after they test the prototype.
  4. Explain why the step you identified in part (c) is important in the engineering design process as it relates to the solar cooker.

Scoring Guide and Sample Student Work
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
4 Response demonstrates a thorough understanding of the engineering design process. The response correctly identifies one step before the testing of the prototype and one step after the testing of the prototype, and clearly explains why these steps are important in the engineering design process.
4
3
Response demonstrates a general understanding of the engineering design process.
2
Response demonstrates a limited understanding of the engineering design process.
1
Response demonstrates a minimal understanding of the engineering design process.
0
Response is incorrect or contains some correct work that is irrelevant to the skill or concept being measured.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 4.

High School Technology/Engineering

Question 11: Engineering Design
Question 23: Electrical and Communication Systems
Question 33: Fluid and Thermal Systems
Question 44: Electrical and Communication Systems
Question 45: Construction and Manufacturing

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Last Updated: August 23, 2016
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