Problem

The Problem consists of a scenario and problem statement along with criteria and constraints to guide student engineers through the process of engineering design.

Explore these strategies to support students as they interact with the Engineering Design Problem driving their investigation.



Curiosity Journal
Encourage students to think about questions they have during their day. At the beginning of class, give them 2-3 minutes to record their questions from the previous day. Periodically, ask students to share their most interesting questions. If you have time at the end of the year, have students choose a question from their journal to investigate.

Question Wall
Following an investigation, encourage students to voice any questions  they have. Affirm the questions and compile them on a “Question Wall.” Periodically, gather and answer the questions using secondary knowledge sources. When there is time, students can design their own investigations to answer a question from the Question Wall.