The EDP – Engineering Design Process


ASK: What is the problem? How have others approached it? What are your constraints?

IMAGINE: What are some solutions? Brainstorm ideas. Choose the best one.

PLAN: Draw a diagram. Make lists of materials you will need.

CREATE: Follow your plan and create something. Test it out!

IMPROVE: What works? What doesn’t? What could work better? Modify your design to make it better. Test it out!

Note that the EDP is a cycle—there’s no official start or end point. You can begin at any step, focus on just one step, move back and forth between steps, or repeat the cycle. For example, after you improve your design once, you may want to begin all over again to refine your technology. You can use the EDP again and again! Many times teams will work on different steps which will then become part of the problem solving circle.

Take the Si & Tech Challenge:
Next time you have to complete a big project for school, use the steps in the EDP to keep you on track and organized.

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