The Engineering Process

The engineering process is the series of steps taken by individuals (engineers or developers, scientists, etc.) to create a solution or product. These products and solutions are used by consumers and users every day.

The process begins with students defining a problem, researching the topic and identifying the requirements that need to be met. They brainstorm ideas and look at what others have done in order to solve the problem.

After they have created a list of possible solutions, they pick the best one and build a prototyping. This step demonstrates to students that they are able to turn their idea into a solution.

After building their prototypes, students test them to see if the work as expected. They can also use the prototypes to make improvements to their designs.

It is likely that they will go through several prototypes before achieving a design which works and is completed. This iterative method teaches designers that they should never stop trying to improve the design.

Whether your students decide to become engineers or not, the process of engineering is something they can use throughout their lives to solve any problems. They can apply what they learn to any type of project, such as building skyscrapers or manufacturing sneakers.

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