EiE Video Snippets: Engineering Design Process

EDP Step:  IMPROVE

During this step, students think critically about which parts of their designs are working or not working well. They make improvements to their original designs and re-test them.

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What makes a well-designed parachute? The criteria include “must fall slowly” and “must pack into a small space.”

Student engineers are not afraid of failure. They keep improving their designs until they are satisfied with the results.

If your model hand-pollination device doesn’t work well at first, that’s OK. You can see what went wrong and improve the design.

Because engineering solutions rarely work the first time, students learn perseverance.

You need to know a lot about magnets to design a model magnetic-levitation transportation system (also known as a maglev train).

Evaluating your own design and thinking about ways to improve it are skills that all engineers need.

Can celebrating failure help students learn from their classroom struggles?

Engineering in the classroom can help students cope with failure as a learning opportunity.

Young engineers explain the steps of the EiE Engineering Design Process.