Engineering + Design Challenges

Designers and engineers are developing new ways to problem solve in a rapidly changing world, and in this course, you’ll gain the skills to join them.

Practice seeing life through a design-oriented lens and identify ways to make practical improvements to the world around you. Plan, prototype, and test your models in a variety of mini-projects using at-home materials and the Design Thinking process. You may be challenged to build a better backpack, create an unspillable mug, or draft a plan to keep visitors safely socially distanced at a water park. Experience how engineers and product designers transform seemingly impossible challenges into life-changing realities.

This course meets daily for 75 minutes.

In This Course You Will

  • Draft, test, and analyze solutions to real-world challenges

  • Apply the Design Thinking process to thought-provoking challenges

  • Generate empathy-based design solutions

  • Iterate and optimize your creations

  • Collaborate with and receive feedback from peers

Required Materials

This course requires students to have simple building materials such as cardboard, tape, a ruler, popsicle sticks, and modeling clay. All materials are available online or in craft stores. A detailed list can be found here.

To take advantage of all this course has to offer, we ask that students have access to a desktop or laptop computer and a stable internet connection. A printer is recommended, but not required.