The Engineering Process

The engineering procedure is a sequence of steps used by engineers, developers and scientists to create a new product or solution. These products and solutions are used by consumers and users every day.

Students begin by defining the problem and researching it. They then identify requirements that must be met. Then they brainstorm ideas, and consider what others have done to solve the same problem.

After a list is created, the students choose the most promising solution and create a model. This step shows the students that they’ve accomplished a lot, and they can see how their idea becomes a real solution.

Once the students have constructed their prototypes they test them in order to determine if it works as expected. They can also use prototypes to improve their designs.

The designers will likely have to go through many prototypes until they find a design that is both functional and complete. This iterative method teaches designers that they should never stop trying to improve the design.

Your students can use the engineering process throughout their lives, regardless of whether they become engineers. They can apply the skills they learn to any project, from building skyscrapers to making sneakers.