What Is an Engineering Goal in a Science Project?

Science projects are likely to incorporate engineering components
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An engineering goal in a science project is a requirement that the student demonstrate a real-world problem that could be solved as a result of his project.

Engineering is Applied Science

Engineering has been defined as “design within constraint,” and engineers must use science to solve problems while dealing with constraints on material strength, budget, environmental factors and more.


While a science project might have interesting findings, often instructors want students to think in terms of practical and applicable outcomes. What will your project accomplish? How well can it accomplish that goal?

Design Process

Accomplishing your engineering goal will require a well-thought out design to your project.


The “spark” of creativity is a hallmark of the engineering process. You will be judged on how original your goal is.


A compelling engineering goal will focus on an important societal need, such as carbon sequestration or making solar energy more economical.

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