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7.2: The Design Process

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    Course Competency 7. Examine strategies that teach engineering skills.

    CRITERIA 7.2. identify an engineering design process of ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve

    The Design Process

    clipboard_e5b4cc22db124b5c43e6944a34bd4c3bf.pngPreschool-age children can begin to explore engineering concepts through a simple design process that includes four steps:

    • Identifying a Problem: Identify a problem or need. Why is it important? How have others approached the problem?
    • Imagining and Planning: Brainstorm solutions. Sketch possible plans. Choose one to build. List and gather needed materials.
    • Creating: Refer to the plan and build a model or prototype. Share the model for feedback or test the prototype.
    • Improving: Analyze the model or prototype with others. How could it be improved? Redesign based on feedback.

    (Growing in STEM. The Design Process: Engineering Practices in Preschool)

     

    3-Step Design Process

    The design process described above has 4 steps. Some curriculums such as the EIE--Engineering is Elementary from the Science Museum of Boston use a simplified 3-step process. The steps in their process are:

    1. Explore

    2. Create

    3. Improve

    See EIE for more information.

    young child stacking blocks

    Figure 7.1: Engineering in Toddlerhood Photo by Ryan Fields on Unsplash)


    7.2: The Design Process is shared under a CC BY license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Vicki Tanck (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College).

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