Big ideas come to life by diving into all the little details. The Engineering Design Process provides a simple framework students can use to build their ideas into real-world results, while learning the essentials of engineering design. Use this tool to expand on Reach for the Sky resources and spark project-based learning investigations into modern marvels of architecture and engineering.

Identify the problem

What challenges or obstacles are top of mind in your life or in the world around you?
Let passion guide your investigation as you search for a real-world problem that impacts you and/or the people in your community.

brainstorm solutions

Could you rise to the occasion if given the opportunity (and responsibility) to create real change?
Think like a dreamer, builder, and doer who uses practical, proven problem-solving strategies to transcend any challenge.

select a design

How can a single innovative approach open up new horizons for you and others?
Combine research and creativity to find a better way of doing things, using STEM principles to bring your vision to life.

Brand a model or prototype

What does cutting-edge innovation look like when applied to your problem-solving goals?
Bring your unique ideas to life with a model that is true to your original design while being practical to create.

Test and evaluate

Are you ready to build success by learning from failure?
Enjoy the adventure of experimentation as you test your prototype to uncover any downsides in your design and possible new directions.

Optimize the design

Does your final design break new ground?
Combine all the knowledge you’ve accumulated during research, design, and testing to put the finishing touches on your work.

Share the solution

Want to take your engineering ideas to the next level?
See what positive changes you can bring about by putting your new idea out into the world and engaging others in new possibilities.

See the future in the making

A series of real-world STEAM pros driving innovation at Hudson Yards will help students realize that nothing is out of reach when we work together and rise to the challenge.

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