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Design and Problem Solving Curriculum Focus

Engineer Your World, curriculum from UT Austin, is an innovative, student-centered curriculum that engages learners in authentic engineering experiences and inspires them to embrace an engineer’s habits of mind.

EYW I: Engineering Design & Problem Solving engages students in authentic engineering practices and inspires them to embrace an engineer’s habits of mind. Collaborative, student-directed projects build resilient problem-solving skills and empower students to think like engineers, to adopt engineering processes, and to pursue engineering disciplines for the betterment of our world.

How Engineers Design

Students discover the design process by creating solutions for people with disabilities. They reverse engineer a consumer product to think about how someone else designed it – and how they could do it better.

Data-Driven Decisions

Students uncover the challenges and opportunities of working together to collect, analyze, represent, and argue from data. They use these skills to redesign a building for human safety.

Programming & System Design

Once students know how engineers design and how to make data-driven decisions, they are ready to apply these abilities, along with basic coding skills, to design more complex solutions in a systems engineering capstone challenge.

Unit Design Challenges:

Pinhole Camera for people with disabilities

Redesign a flashlight based on customer feedback

Designing coffee to increase customer base

Design safer buildings using data

Programming with electronic music

Working in subsystems to create a device for aerial imaging