Component 0 – Project Management
Major focuses of the course are project management and professional skills required to successfully complete and document an engineering design process. Topics student will study and skills they will refine are:
(α) – The EDD Design Process and Project Management
(β) – Documenting the Engineering Design Process
(γ) – Teams, Timelines, and Contacting Experts
(δ) – Project Evaluations and Classroom Management
(ε) – Intellectual Property
Component 1 – Research
This component requires students to identify a problem for which they will design a solution during the remainder of the course. In the first lesson, students will write a clear problem statement and validate the problem by documenting credible sources that indicate that the problem exists. Validation is carried out through research and input from experts and mentors. Once their work is defined, students are asked to perform additional research in order to justify the problem by confirming that the expense and effort involved with solving the problem is warranted based on need and cost. Students will explore and analyze prior solution attempts. Based on their research, student will create a testable design requirement which will be used to explore possible solutions. The students will present a project proposal to ensure the project is justified and that all prior solution attempts have been explored.
Element A – Identification and Justification of the Problem
Element B – Documentation and Analysis of Prior Solution Attempts
Element C – Presentation and Justification of Solution Requirements
Component 2 – Design
Based on the design requirement identified through research, students develop multiple solution possibilities. Through an evaluation process that involves feedback from experts and stakeholders and the application of a decision matrix or data-driven process, students will select the best potential solution to pursue.
Students will refine the final selected solution path and provide evidence that the solution selected is viable.
Element D – Design Concept Generation, Analysis, and Selection
Element E – Application of STEM Principles and Practices
Element F – Consideration of Design Viability Version 5/16/2014 © 2014 Project Lead The Way EDD Course Outline | 6
Component 3 – Prototype and Test
Student will create a testable prototype and an unbiased testing plan based on the defined design requirements to determine the effectiveness of the solution created.
Element G – Construction of a Testable Prototype
Element H – Prototype Testing and Data Collection Plan
Element I – Testing, Data Collection, and Analysis
Component 4 – Evaluation of Project and Process
At this point in the design process, it is critical to seek and document feedback from all stakeholders. The designer(s) should reflect on all design decisions and the analysis that was generated from the testing process. Finally, the designer(s) can begin to formulate next steps.
Element J – Documentation of External Evaluation
Element K – Reflection on the Design Project
Element L – Presentation of Designer’s Recommendations
Component 5 – Reflection and Presenting the Design Process
At the conclusion of the design process, students will be asked to present and defend the process and decision.
Element M – Presentation of the Project and Project Portfolio
Element N – Writing Like an Engineer
Component 6 – Going Beyond EDD
Many opportunities exist for students to receive tangible value for their work beyond the classroom walls. These opportunities range from competitions, scholarships, and university admission notoriety, to interest from business representatives to further develop the ideas created in EDD classrooms.
This section of the curriculum is dedicated to providing resources, examples, and suggestions for helping your students obtain tangible value for their work. Below you will find examples of student success stories related to College Recognition, Competitions, and Business Opportunities.
- Design and Problem Solving Competitions
- Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
- Product and Business Development Opportunities
- Admission Preference or College Level Recognition