THE ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS
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This unit will give us an introduction to the Engineering Design Process and a chance to develop a unique solution to a real world problem. The Engineering Design Process is what engineers of all kinds use to solve problems. The Engineering Design Process is:
- Define the Problem & Create a Design Brief
- Research & Brainstorm
- Pick a Solution
- Build a Prototype
- Test & Evaluate
- Communicate Results
As we work through the Engineering Design Process, you will work with a small group to identify a real-world problem. You will then develop an idea for a solution to the problem, write-up some statements about how your solution will solve the problem, and then design your solution in Autodesk before sharing your ideas.
- Work with your group to develop a design brief, research, and brainstorm possible solutions
- Work with your group to pick a solution, write-up how the solution will work, and develop a small business plan
- Work with your group to design your solution in Autodesk and share your work with others.
When you’re done, you’ll understand the steps of the Engineering Design Process and will have a complete submission for UAF’s annual Arctic Innovation Design Competition!
PART 1: DESIGN BRIEF & BRAINSTORM
(20 pts) About 3 days
The whole process starts with a Design Brief. In this first step, you and your group will identify a problem you want to tackle and develop a design brief. A good design brief will clearly state the problem, as well as the criteria and constraints of the solution. You’ll also take time to research and brainstorm possible solutions.
PART 2: PICK AND DESCRIBE YOUR SOLUTION
(20 pts) About 3 days
Now that you have a list of ideas, the next step in our process is to clarify your chosen solution and make a plan for implementation. Here you will work with your team to sketch your idea. You’ll also write some small descriptions of how your solution will work, and make a small business plan.
PART 3: DESIGN & COMMUNICATE
(30 pts) About 3 days
Finally, your job will be to upload your team’s ideas to UAF’s Arctic Innovation Design Competition. You’ll also take some time to mock-up different models of your solution in Autodesk and share your work with others!
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The first part of our unit starts with a discussion of the Engineering Design Process. Watch the video on the Design Process and add to your notes in your engineering notebook. Then, work with your team to clarify your design brief: state the problem in a single sentence and then describe why it’s a problem. Go further and specify what criteria and constraints your solution must meet. Have Mr. Benshoof approve your team’s design. Finally, work with your team to research the topic online, then brainstorm at least 20 possible solutions to the problem.
GRADING & PROCESS
Watch the video on the Engineering Design Process and add to your notes in your engineering notebook
Work with your team to develop your design brief, recording it in your engineering notebook in the proper format
Have Mr. Benshoof approve your team’s design brief
Work with your team to research the problem and brainstorm at least 20 ideas in your engineering notebook
The Engineering Design Process
Defining the Problem with a design brief
Research & Brainstorm
What’s Due In Part 1: Design Brief & Brainstorm
- Engineering Design Process Notes
- Design Brief
- Benshoof’s Check-off
- Research & Brainstorm
Here’s what’s due in Part 1: Design Brief & Brainstorm
- Notes on the Engineering Design Process in your engineering notebook
- Design Brief complete and recorded in your engineering notebook
- Mr. Benshoof’s approval of your design brief
- Research & 20 brainstormed ideas recorded in your engineering notebook
Part 2: Pick and Describe your solutionClarify your solution and make a business plan
Once you’ve got your list of ideas, the next step is to choose what ideas will work to solve the problem and then organize your solution. With your team, decide which of your brainstormed ideas can be combined into a workable solution. Work with your team to clarify that solution, sketch what it will look like, and divide the writing prompts among your team.
GRADING & PROCESS
Work with your team to decide what your final solution will be, who will write which parts of the submission, and what the name of your product would be.
Summarize your solution in writing in your engineering notebook, then sketch what that solution will look like using either isometric or multiview sketching.
Write your assigned responses to the Arctic Innovation Design Challenge solution description and get them edited by a team-member.
Have Mr. Benshoof check-off drawings and written responses
Choosing a solution
Making a business plan
Writing a good mini-essay
What’s Due In Part 2: Pick & Describe Your Solution
- Solution Summary
- Solution Sketches
- Benshoof’s Check-Off
Here’s what’s due in Part 2: Pick & Describe Your Solution
- A summary of the solution your team has chosen, written in your engineering notebook
- A sketch (either isometric or multiview) in your engineering notebook of your solution
- Your written mini-essay responses to the AIC Design Challenge questions
- Benshoof’s check-off on your solution & responses
Part 3: Design & CommunicateCreate a computer model and share your work with others!
Example decision matrix
The final step to completing the engineering design process is to share your work with other people and evaluate your potential success. As we finish this up, you’ll load your mini-essays into the Arctic innovation Challenge website. Then you’ll learn about what a decision matrix is and create one to evaluate your own idea. Have two classmates not from your design team evaluate your idea and record their feedback. Then, have each person in your design team create an Autodesk model of what your product will look like.
GRADING & PROCESS
Upload your responses to the Arctic Innovation Design Competition website in the Junior Division!
Create a decision matrix in your engineering notebook to evaluate the success of your product
Find two people that aren’t in your design group to evaluate your idea using your decision matrix. Record their feedback in your engineering notebook.
Create an Autodesk model of your proposed solution. Each person in your group should make their own model – they might not all be exactly the same, and that’s okay.
Submitting to the AIC
Using a decision matrix
Your Autodesk model
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Mistake on Google doc? no 4th video?
What’s Due In Part 3: Design & Communicate
- Upload Mini-Essays to AIC
- Decision Matrix
- Autodesk Model
Here’s what’s due in Part 3: Design & Communicate
- Upload your team’s mini-essays to the AIC Challenge website
- Create a decision matrix in your engineering notebook and have 2 other classmates evaluate your idea
- Create an Autodesk model of your proposed solution
Double Check: Unit ExpectationsCheck what you need to have completed by the unit deadline
The purpose of this unit is to practice using the Engineering Design Process to solve a problem. You and your team need to work together to identify a problem and make a design brief, choose a solution and answer some questions, then make a business model, a decision matrix, and an Autodesk model. This project should take you all the way through the Engineering Design Process for the first time.
(Part 1) There should be extensive notes on the entire Engineering Design Process
(Part 1) Your team’s design brief should be complete in your engineering notebook
(Part 1) You should have your list of at least 20 brainstormed ideas as well as your research notes
(Part 2) Your team’s solution should be clearly summarized in your notebook after your list of ideas
(Part 2) A good sketch of your final solution in either isometric or multi-view perspective
(Part 3) Your team’s decision matrix as well as feedback from 2 other classmates about your solution
Building & Making:
(Part 2) The mini-essays (no more than 2) that you are responsible for should be complete, well written, and edited by one of your teammates
(Part 3) You should submit the .ipt Autodesk part file of your 3D model. Each team member needs to make their own Autodesk model.
Checkpoints & Quizzes:
(Part 1) Benshoof should have checked-off your team’s completed design briefs
(Part 2) Benshoof should have approved your solution and mini-essays before they are submitted
(Part 3) All of your team’s mini-essays should be uploaded to your team’s Arctic Innovation Design Competition portfolio by the deadline