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   Engineering Design Process

These are the steps used by engineers when solving a problem

  1. Define the problem with criteria and constraints
  2. Research the problem and generate ideas for a solution
  3. Brainstorm possible solutions
  4. Select the most promising solution
  5. Construct a model or prototype
  6. Test and evaluate the prototype
  7. Communicate the results
  8. Refine the design, which is often necessary. Continue to redesign, test, and evaluate until satisfied with the solution!


The Engineering Project Packet, which was adapted from "Engineering Fair/Invention Convention From Paper Napkin to Prototype" by Tracy Davis, is a guide for teachers planning to hold an engineering fair or preparing their students to participate in the BEST Medicine Engineering Fair. The packet, which includes forms and worksheets for a Literature ReviewPatent SearchTopic Selection, and Engineering Fair Proposal, can also be a useful guide for students and their parents.



Steps for Completing a Project. Briefly, these steps are:

  1. Pick a Topic to Study
  2. Do a Background Search
  3. Formulate a Hypothesis or Goal
  4. Document your Work (Laboratory Notebook)
  5. Design Experiments to Test your Prototype (Methods)
  6. Results
  7. Evaluate your Results and Strengthen your Project
  8. Draw Conclusions
  9. Present your Findings in a Research Paper
  10. Present your Findings in a Project Display


 Sample Poster


A lab notebook with documentation of your work is necessary and required by the judges. Click below to see what to include in a lab notebook.

lab notebook

Writing the Report

PowerPoint TemplateHelpful Hints for BEST Medicine Engineering Fair Participants

Contact Us

For questions, or more information on the BEST Medicine Engineering Fair, contact:


BEST Medicine Chair:

Brian Davis, Ph.D.

(216) 687 2580