3. Introduction to Engineering Design Process (1 Hour)

Why the Engineering Design Process with Drones?

The Engineering Design Process is extremely useful when working on any type of STEM project, especially the projects and challenges that we will be working  with our drones. The Engineering Design Process is used by all types of people especially engineers. An engineer is a person who wants to fix problems and they want to know how and why things work. 

We are going to learn about the Engineering Design Process today to help us solve a problem. This problem won’t involve drones but this will get us familiar with the Engineering Design Process and will help us later in the league. Once we understand how to use the Engineering Design Process, we will easily be able to use it with drones. 

The Engineering Design Process

The Engineering Design Process helps us figure out problems and solve them like engineers. Today you will use this process to create the tallest structure you can using dots and toothpicks like the examples below.

  • What is my problem? Design and build an earthquake-proof structure.
  • What are my constraints? You can only use dots and toothpicks. (Cardboard for base)

  • Brainstorm some solutions to your problem. 
  • Do some research with your team if needed.

  • Draw out your ideas on a piece of paper. Don’t forget to check the materials list below to include anything you might need. 
  • Materials List: 
    • Dots candy
    • Toothpicks
    • Cardboard for your base 

  • Use your plan to create your project.
  • Test your structure by putting it on the cardboard and giving it a gentle shake. 

  • Think about what you would do to improve it (make it better) and share with your group.