Creative Design Thinking

Below are the different design ideas produced by the members of Division J:




Dan looked to complete the scenario focusing on functionality, practicality, and safety. The basis for this design is a U.S. Space Shuttle, chosen because of it’s aerodynamic properties, and strength as a design. This concept utilizes one of the key features of a shuttle, and that is the optimization of space while minimizing weight. Based off the idea of a real shuttle, the AEV shuttle would be able to carry a large quantity of passengers, while able to maintain very good energy standards based on the light weight and existing aerodynamics. With a lighter weight, the shuttle would also be easier to control, and to ensure the safety of all passengers on board.  The AEV Shuttle could also stand as a commemorative for the lives lost, and the knowledge gained in the area of space exploration for the U.S.


Stephanie strived to include some OSU school spirit in her overall design with the block OHIO. The base was designed to be wider in order to to provide an equal distribution of weight and balance. The inside materials (Arduino and battery) and equally space in the design so one side isn’t heavier than the other. The design will be made with lighter weight materials so the AEV isn’t weighed down too much although, there will be enough weight to balance the figure. The design is intended to be simple in order to complete the assigned tasks in an efficient manner.


Zahra based their design of the AEV to meet the requirements of the Linden population. More than 25.5% of the LInden population consists of single mothers and their children. To make the transporting device more appealing to children, the device was based off of the pixar character Wall-e. The Wall-e robot is also very cube as opposed to slim to give, more rowdy and hyperactive children more space to interact and play with each other during the ride. The casing of the Wall-E design also hides a lot of the mechanical parts such as propellers and batteries that children may get hurt if they touched.


Liam chose to represent the Athletic Conference in which Ohio State participates in with his AEV design. The majority of the internal parts are hidden with the box lettering design. The length of the device ensures the Big 10 logo is readable and proudly displayed, attracting conference enthusiasts all over the Linden area. The width of the AEV casing provides it with stability along the rail, while the motors and propellers are spaced even wider to ensure maximum balance. The casing of the AEV will need to be constructed of lightweight materials due to its size.