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problems in applying engineering design process

Postby yesiamsumit » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:22 pm

I have a question about using engineering design process. Do we add a hypothesis and variables (controlled, independent and dependent) in the project report?

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Re: problems in applying engineering design process

Postby amyc » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:14 pm

Hi - A lot will depend on what the requirements are for your class assignment or science fair project. Many times, though you will follow the engineering design process for your project, you will need to submit a report that is similar to the report for a traditional science project. It would document, however, the stages of the experimental design process, as applied to the challenge or problem being targeted by the student's project. http://www.sciencebuddies.org/engineeri ... ignprocess

If you look at our list of materials/sections to include in a science project final report, you will see that many of these are applicable for an engineering project as well.

In terms of the "Question, variables, and hypothesis" portion: for engineering, the question would be a statement about wanting to design something that fulfills XYZ need that has been identified; the hypothesis is what will be built and the specific design specifications it will fulfill; the variables will be specifications that the engineered solution will be judged successful or not against.

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