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Easy-Fit Design

As part of her Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduate degree program in mechanical engineering, Chi-An Wang worked with New Balance, a major athletic shoe manufacturer, in the design and testing of a new running shoe for triathletes. The approach for solving this real-world problem exemplifies the importance of following each step of the engineering design process. In particular, it shows the value of research: learning what consumers really want, using surveys and testing. This resource is useful for introducing components of Engineering Design (ETS) from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to grade 3-12 students.

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