25 May '12, 10am

Learning #engineering, #science and #math from a water bottle via @designnews

When I talk with young people about science and engineering I try to use everyday examples, but often come up with something too complicated, which leads to a lengthy, confusing explanation. This morning it came to me: Use an object young people would immediately recognize -- a bottle of water. So, how does that work in a discussion? I start by explaining that the price of oil might require the bottle manufacturer to find ways to use less plastic or a different type of plastic. Engineers and materials scientists must examine many types of plastics appropriate as food packaging, test them, determine the proper thickness for a water bottle, and then design a new type of bottle that will withstand jostling in shipment and handling. They also look at the plastic to ensure it does not make the water look colored. Colored bottles are fine, but a plastic that makes the water appe...

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