SIX (6) STEPS TO ENGINEERING DESIGN
The engineering process is broken down into six component steps, each of which has an analogous counterpart in the science practices.
1. Ask questions to identify problems or needs.
Engineers figure out what problems or needs exist and if they are, in fact, genuine in nature, that is they are real problems and not assumed.
2. Ask questions about the criteria and constraints of the devices or solutions.
Engineers further investigate the nature of the problem or need they are attempting to solve in order to identify what scientific concepts will be applied, what limitations and constraints might affect the design of a solution or device, and what other parameters need to be accounted for in solving the problem or need.
3. Generate and communicate ideas for possible devices or solutions.
Engineers design and communicate proposed devices or solutions that they predict will address problem or need as defined by the identified constraints and criteria.
4. Build and test devices or solutions.
Engineers build and test fullscale prototypes or models of prototypes of devices that will meet the need or solve the problem. In the case of solutions, engineers test their proposed solutions or tests their solutions through the use of models. In both cases, the intent is to gather data to evaluate the effectiveness of their design.
5. Determine if the devices or solutions solved the problem and refine the design if needed.
Engineers analyze and interpret the test data to determine if their devices or solutions solved the problems or met the needs. If necessary, devices or solutions are refined based on the analysis of the data and tested again.
6. Communicate the results.
Engineers communicate the results of their design tests, using evidence to support claims that their design was effective at solving the problem or meeting the need.
1. Ask questions to identify problems or needs.
Engineers figure out what problems or needs exist and if they are, in fact, genuine in nature, that is they are real problems and not assumed.
2. Ask questions about the criteria and constraints of the devices or solutions.
Engineers further investigate the nature of the problem or need they are attempting to solve in order to identify what scientific concepts will be applied, what limitations and constraints might affect the design of a solution or device, and what other parameters need to be accounted for in solving the problem or need.
3. Generate and communicate ideas for possible devices or solutions.
Engineers design and communicate proposed devices or solutions that they predict will address problem or need as defined by the identified constraints and criteria.
4. Build and test devices or solutions.
Engineers build and test fullscale prototypes or models of prototypes of devices that will meet the need or solve the problem. In the case of solutions, engineers test their proposed solutions or tests their solutions through the use of models. In both cases, the intent is to gather data to evaluate the effectiveness of their design.
5. Determine if the devices or solutions solved the problem and refine the design if needed.
Engineers analyze and interpret the test data to determine if their devices or solutions solved the problems or met the needs. If necessary, devices or solutions are refined based on the analysis of the data and tested again.
6. Communicate the results.
Engineers communicate the results of their design tests, using evidence to support claims that their design was effective at solving the problem or meeting the need.
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