- The proposed solution is well-substantiated with STEM principles and practices applicable to all or nearly all design requirements and functional claims.
- There is substantial evidence that the application of STEM principles and practices by the student has been reviewed by two or more experts (qualified consultants and/or project mentors).
- The documentation of expert reviews provides confirmation (verification) or detail necessary to inform a corrective response.
- How do I show that our design ideas were not just guesses and that my/our ideas and each of the proposed design attributes really is based on sound logic and subject related knowledge?
- Why does this proposed solution have merit to try?
What to Include
- Identify and describe science and engineering concepts you need to investigate.
- Consider design stage, testing stage and data gathering stage.
- Your team’s Gantt chart to detail all tasks, responsible parties, and due dates. Clearly define the entire scope of work in the task list. Be sure to consider the Rule of Thirds when making scheduling projections.
- Explicitly list and describe each concept you might use – relate back to design specs where possible.
- Describe who can help you validate your STEM work – what are training or credentials will you need your experts to have?
- Some engineering principles to consider: project management (Gantt chart), documentation (engr. Notebook), stress, strain, material properties.
- Any special computer programs, technology or equipment you might use?