Engineering Design Process

The engineering design process is a series of steps that engineering teams use to guide them as they solve problems. The design process is cyclical, meaning that engineers repeat the steps as many times as needed, making improvements along the way.

Two key themes of the engineering design process are teamwork and design. Encourage students to follow the steps of the design process to strengthen their understanding of open-ended design and emphasize creativity and practicality.


For more ideas, check out the fourth-grade Introduction to Engineering unit, or for older students, conduct the Creative Engineering Design unit.

Click here for an engineering design process student handout and two sizes of classroom posters. (PDF includes 8.5 x 11” handout, 11 x 17” poster, 2 x 3’ poster)

First Step Ask: Identify the Need & Constraints

Engineering Design Process AskResearchImaginePlanCreateTestImprove