Course Proficiencies


    Having a strategy for approaching problems can help you develop new insights and come up with new and better solutions. This process is generally useful for solving all kinds of problems.

    The Problem Solving Process


    • What problem are you trying to solve?
    • What are your constraints?
    • What does success look like?


    • Brainstorm / research possible solutions
    • Compare pros and cons
    • Make a plan


    • Put your plan into action


    • How do your results compare to the goals you set while defining the problem?
    • What can you learn from this or do better next time?
    • What new problems have you discovered?

    Similarly, the design process is a loop because although the steps are listed in sequential order, you will likely return to previous steps multiple times throughout a project. It is often necessary to revisit stages or steps in order to improve that aspect of a project.

     In the design process,

    • Ask (What are we trying to solve?, What are the
      constraints?, What are the requirements?, What questions do you have about the challenge?)
    • Imagine (What are the possible solutions?, Brainstorm
      ideas, list materials needed, explain the ideas, create a
      sketch for you ideas)
    • Plan (Choose a final solution, sketch a final solution, decide the steps you will take to create your solution, create a technical drawing to explain your design)
    • Create (follow your plan and create your design, what changes did you make while creating your design? Why?, Self reflection)
    • Improve ( What worked well? What could have gone better? What improvements could you make to allow your design to be more successful? Why is the redesign better than the original design?)