The engineering process is a set of steps engineers take in order to find a solution for an issue. This process includes finding the goal, determining constraints, designing and building, as well as testing. This is an integral part of every project at TWI. It helps us ensure that our projects are in compliance with the highest standards of safety and performance. This is particularly important for New York City projects as they have to meet stringent requirements.

During this phase students investigate the issue to better understand the challenge and gather data. It’s an open-ended, student-centered approach that reorients the classroom away from the traditional science curriculum.

At this point, students brainstorm ideas on how to solve the problem. This can be accomplished using whiteboards, software, or discussions. It’s fine if some ideas aren’t working. They can try other solutions and experiment with them.

After analyzing the results of their research and brainstorming, the group chooses a solution to design and build. This can be on paper, with CAD software, or through an idea that can be physical or virtual. This is a great step for students as they are able to create something tangible that will help them test their ideas.

This is where the rubber meets the road for engineers because they must remain within the limits that are imposed on them, such as cost of time, tools, resources and many more. Engineers also need to keep in mind that their ideas need to be secure and effective to be effective in the real world.