Introduction to Engineering Design Process (1 Hour)

The Engineering Design Process

The engineering design process is a series of steps engineers follow to solve a problem.

The video below will tell you more about the process:

The Engineering Design Process helps up figure out problems and solve like an engineer. 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.