The design cycle is a model intended to be the central tool to help students to create and evaluate solutions in response to challenges. It is comprised of four steps: Inquiring and Analyzing, Developing Ideas, Creating a Solution and Evaluating.
Design thinking keeps the function of any project constantly in mind while considering real world applications.
Inquiring and analyzing
- Evaluate the importance of the problem for life, society, and the environment
- Justify the need for their project.
- List the specific requirements the product/solution must meet (materials, color, scale).
- Turn the previous sketch into a blueprint with precise measurements.
- Construct a plan to create the product/solution that makes effective use of resources and time
- Generate several designs that meet the specifications
- Evaluate the designs and select the one that meets the design specification
- Justify any modifications to the design and the plan.
- Design and carry out tests to evaluate the product/solution against the design specification
- Explain how the product/solution could be improved.
- Explain the impact of the product/solution on individuals and on society.