The Engineering Process

The engineering process is a series of steps that individuals (engineers, developers, scientists) use to create a product or solution. These products are often used in everyday life, and can solve problems faced by consumers or other users.

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

After they have made a list, they select the best solution to create a prototype. This step shows that students have achieved a great deal and can see the idea become a real-life solution.

After building their prototypes, students test them to see if the work as expected. They can use the prototypes as a tool to improve on their designs.

It is likely that they will go through several prototypes before achieving a design which works and is completed. This iterative process teaches them that they must keep trying to improve their designs, and they can’t be satisfied with being done until they’ve tried everything to make the best possible design.

Your students can use the engineering process throughout their lives, regardless of whether they become engineers. They can apply what they learn to any type of project, such as building skyscrapers or manufacturing sneakers.