The design process they use seems different. They talk about brainstorming and prototyping. How different is it?

The words used are different but the ideas are the same. The descriptions given under each step support each other.

One thing you might notice is that there is no one ‘design process’. The basic principles are the same, but the words (and even the number of steps) can be different. It’s all the same type of thinking, though.

How does the author describe the design process (or, as he describes it, engineering design)? Explain what the author means in your own words.

The author discusses this is the first paragraph. In my own words, he explains that design is a creative process that starts with defining the problem and leads to quickly building and testing solutions.

How successful were they at solving the problem?

Thanks to design process thinking, the team built a robot that cleans whiteboards. The final solution works pretty well, although it can be improved. This idea – a solution that works but could be better – is one that will come up again.


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Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Defining the problem
Module 3: Researching the data
Module 4: Imagining possibilities
Module 5: Designing the solution
Module 6: Experimenting
Module 7: Case study: This Course
Module 8: Where to from here?

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