March 10, 2018
These are the steps used by engineers when solving a problem
- Define the problem with criteria and constraints
- Research the problem and generate ideas for a solution
- Brainstorm possible solutions
- Select the most promising solution
- Construct a model or prototype
- Test and evaluate the prototype
- Communicate the results
- Refine the design, which is often necessary. Continue to redesign, test, and evaluate until satisfied with the solution!
The Engineering Project Packet, which was adapted from "Engineering Fair/Invention Convention From Paper Napkin to Prototype" by Tracy Davis, is a guide for teachers planning to hold an engineering fair or preparing their students to participate in the BEST Medicine Engineering Fair. The packet, which includes forms and worksheets for a Literature Review, Patent Search, Topic Selection, and Engineering Fair Proposal, can also be a useful guide for students and their parents.
Steps for Completing a Project. Briefly, these steps are:
- Pick a Topic to Study
- Do a Background Search
- Formulate a Hypothesis or Goal
- Document your Work (Laboratory Notebook)
- Design Experiments to Test your Prototype (Methods)
- Evaluate your Results and Strengthen your Project
- Draw Conclusions
- Present your Findings in a Research Paper
- Present your Findings in a Project Display
A lab notebook with documentation of your work is necessary and required by the judges. Click below to see what to include in a lab notebook.