When engineers design solutions to problems, they go through a process of brainstorming, testing different ideas, learning from mistakes, and trying again. This is called the engineering design process.
The engineering design process is a great way to work through any challenge that involves creating something that didn’t exist before, such as building a bridge, planning a trip—even writing an essay. You’ll use the design process as a framework to guide students through researching and writing their essay solutions.
Pre-Write Discussion Topics
Define the Problem, Learn the Specs
To get started, engineers define the problem they want to solve and the project requirements.
Help students define the problem by reviewing the Essay Overview and Essay Outline together. How would they describe the essay problem using their own words?
Next, engineers brainstorm a range of possible solutions.
Select and Design a Solution
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