EDP (Engineering Design Process)

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ASK the right questions, IMAGINE how to solve them,/
PLAN out each and every move/
CREATE a solution to the problem/
See what works and then IMPROVE/


The first step of EDP is to ASK
What are the key elements in this task?
What is the problem, what have other people tried
What devices are similar, what lessons can that provide
What are things you can do and the things you can’t
Also known as limitations or as the restraints
ASK is the first EDP step
It’s mental exercise so you got to get our reps



Second step of EDP is IMAGINE
Brainstorm what kind of gadget you want to happen
You’ve asked the right questions, now think up solutions
It’s good to take notes to watch your ideas evolution
The job of imagination is never really done
But when you have a list
of ideas you can pick
take your time so you pick the best one
IMAGINE is the 2nd EDP step
It’s mental exercise so you got to get your reps



3rd step of EDP is to PLAN
Best way to do it is a diagram
It’s the “design” of the engineering process
Fail to plan or plan to fail,
pay attention to details,
it will help your progress
Make a list of all the materials that you will need
The better you plan the more likely it is you’ll succeed
PLAN is the 3rd EDP step
It’s mental exercise so you got to get your reps



4th step of EDP is CREATE
You want to get it right so you concentrate
Follow the plan in step 3 precisely
If you planned out right maybe it just might come together nicely
To make sure that your new invention works without a doubt
You have to a test run that means try it out
CREATE is the 4th EDP step
It’s mental exercise you got to get your reps



5th step of EDP is IMPROVE
Now that you finished your creation what’s your next move
You’ve pressed all the buttons, pulled all the levers
What works and What doesn't?
What’s smooth and What’s buggin’?
What’s perfect and what could work better?
No matter the outcome, you’ve learned so that means that you win
Now take what you learned and do E – D – P over again
IMPROVE is the 5th EDP step
It’s mental exercise; you’ve got to get your reps



from Baba Got BARS, released August 3, 2019
Written, performed, produced, recorded and mixed by Bomani Armah. Backing vocals by Wilson Baker Academy


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Baba Bomani, aka the Watermelon man has been using hip-hop, poetry and multi-media disciplines to teach fun and informative workshops with all ages from kindergarteners to graduate students for well over 15 years Bomani . Here you can find his hip-hop music for kids as well as teaching materials showing students the writing process through hip-hop! ... more

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