DEVELOPING AND ENHANCING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN TEACHING INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

The creation of three-dimensional objects in the field of industrial design as well as its two-dimensional representation by a plane, it is not an easy work for a large number of students who fail to develop their creativity and spatial ability. The teaching model presented in this paper consists, in performing a set of educational activities aimed at designing creative CAD models by students that incorporate specific functional characteristics in order to obtain its two-dimensional representation. It has been replaced a part of the theory lectures by a set of active work activities, in order to develop the requiring skills related to engineering graphics. Creative designs have been developed by the students working in groups and guided by the teacher. Designs have been made and resolved in parallel by sketching and CAD.

The number of exercises which have been well conducted shows that these activities enable a great development of the skills related to creativity, innovation, spatial ability and motivation. The work presented here arises as an innovative experience of cooperative learning and active work, performed by the students in the field of Engineering Graphics.