The engineering process is a series of steps that individuals (engineers, developers, scientists) use to create a product or solution. These products or solution are used in daily life and may solve issues that users or consumers experience.
The process starts with students defining the problem, researching it and identifying requirements that must be met. Then students brainstorm ideas and think about what others have already done to solve this problem.
After they have made a list, they select the best solution to create a prototype. This step demonstrates to students that they are able to turn their idea into a solution.
Once the students have constructed their prototypes they test them in order to determine if it works as expected. They can use the prototypes as a tool to improve on their designs.
Most likely, they will have to make many prototypes before their design is complete and works. This iterative approach teaches them to never stop improving their designs.
Your students can use the engineering process throughout their lives, regardless of whether they become engineers. They can apply their skills to any project they choose, from making sneakers to building skyscrapers.