My STEM Challenge Booklet - Problem Solving Graphic Organizer

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3rd - 7th, Homeschool
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This graphic organizer booklet allows students to use the Engineering Design Process Steps to design, build, and test solutions to any problem. It is specifically designed to be used in grades 3 thru 6 and includes student friendly language.

The template guides students through the following steps so that they can successfully design a solution to any problem they want to solve. Try it! You and your students will have fun!

Engineering Design Process Steps

1. Ask - Define the problem

2. Imagine - Generate ideas

3. Plan - Select a solution and sketch a prototype

4. Create - Build a working model

5. Test - Evaluate and test your model

6. Improve - What did you learn from your prototype? Make improvements.

7. Share - Share your solution with others

I have used this process with my students and it really helps to focus students on the process of problem solving and keeps them from getting distracted.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.


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