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Lab #12: Week of November 25

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Main Lab Objective

The course instructor will be scheduling 30 minute design review for this Monday with each team. The goal will be to discuss/review your prototype design and also briefly review your presentation plans. You do not need to explicitly prepare materials for this review, but you will need to be able to show your final design.

This week is Thanksgiving and labs are optional this week, but teams meeting on Tuesday are advised to meet at their usual times. Before the break it is important that your team's redesign is in place and critical parts and materials are ordered. There is only one week after Thanksgiving until the final presentations. If you want your instructors (or the course instructor) to meet with you in an informal team meeting, please be sure to make arrangements with them.

Key areas to focus on are both the prototype and final presentation design. The final presentation includes both a team booth for the reception and a formal presentation. The scope of the presentation ranges from the product and it's technical design to customer needs, benchmarking, and a plan for how it could reach its potential market. The design and execution of the presentation is an important component of the grade.

In planning, please do not underestimate the importance of preparing and practicing for the final presentation.

Advanced preparation for Lab #12
individual preparation:
Review the second team review results. Decide if there are areas of improvement that should be discussed in the lab meeting, and what changes might lead to improvement. Think about what should be discussed in lab with the whole team, and what changes might be made in weaker areas.

officer preparation:
Financial officers should prepare a budget status report for the team.

System integrators should form an agenda, including a review of project status and a plan for what needs to be done.

What's due
There are no deliverables due in lab.


Other notes
When planning, remember that there is a presentation practice session the Friday before the final presentation.