Design Step 2: Research the Problem

How do you get started designing a product to meet your engineering design goals? Here, learners gain understanding of an important aspect of the engineering design process: background research. Through brainstorming and worksheets, groups further their development of their engineering project.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Assign part of the research as an out-of-classroom assignment, where group members reach out to professionals in the field or members of the target population
Classroom Considerations

  • This is the second of six activities in a unit all about the engineering design process
  • Keep groups unchanged throughout the unit
Pros

  • Contains formative assessments for use throughout lesson
  • Student-centered learning
Cons

  • None