Class Notes from Research Part 2: Experimentation & Selecting a Design Path — Creative Engineering with Mark Rober

  1. Brainstorm
  2. Research — we are here
  3. Prototype
  4. Final Build

Research

Look for open questions and run experiments

Build them into your story and video.

Experiments are 4 step process:

  1. define question and variables
  2. Get the materials, setup the experiment
  3. Run the experiment, measure the outcomes
  4. Analyze data, form conclusions

Independent variable you chose.

Dependant variable you measure.

Watch out for lurking variables. Keep everything the same except for the one thing you changed.

Make sure your materials match.

Your results can be Qualitative or Quantitative.

Quantitative = quantity. A number.

Qualitative = quality or how it felt. How red is it. How jello-y is it.

How to measure speed of something using iPhone slo mo footage (240 frames per second)

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Narrow Down Design Choices

  1. meets the requirements
  2. has a good story
  3. maximize simpliciaty, minimize build time.
  4. works with external constraints

External constraints can be time, money, space, skills

Code, design, cook. Make stuff. Cookies. @BYU grad.

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