Women in Engineering High school workshop College of Engineering University of Idaho

The Design Challenge

Each year teams at Women in Engineering Day are asked to complete a design challenge using everyday objects.

Last year, the project was to create an incline or decline to make a marble go into a red cup from another cup, without touching the marble (or the cup) after it is released.

Through this process, teams learned that:

  • It's not easy to come up with new uses for common things, but sometimes the best solution is right in front of you!
  • Communication skills are important to make sure everyone is working towards the same goal.
  • Testing is an important part of the design process. If one idea didn't work as expected, it's time to go back to the drawing board!
  • Sometimes you need all hands on deck to keep from losing your marbles!