In staying with the current trend on STEM Notebooks and their importance in developing young researchers, thinkers and problem solvers, I wanted to write a post on the Engineering Design Process.
In the world of STEM, the Engineering Design Process is a cornerstone, yet when students are asked about it, they generally mix it up with the Scientific Process and think that they are the same thing. This also happens commonly when teachers ask students to do science fair projects. A lot of the time these seemingly innocent projects end up being engineering projects instead (which, for clarification, is not a bad thing!).
To help students to best learn or review this process, I like to use a foldable to help. This Engineering Design Process foldable gets cut, folded and glued into students’ STEM Notebooks and is there throughout the year to help guide them through the process of identifying, selecting, creating and refining.