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Attribute

Attributes are descriptive aspects of the physical and functional nature of a technological outcome. There are two types of attributes:

  • Functional attribute: what an outcome, or part of an outcome, does. For example, provides grip, stores water, or joins surfaces.
  • Physical attribute: a spatial or sensory aspect of a technological outcome. Physical attributes describe how the outcome looks and feels. For example, hard, salty, spherical, loud, luminous, or big.

Attributes differ from specifications in that specifications define the physical and functional nature of the technological outcome in a measurable way. 

Found in: levels 1 – 4 (develop into specifications for levels 5 – 8)

Technological areas: all

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