Engineering design notebooks
- Do not write too much, try to balance the writings with the pictures
- Draw more! Do not only use photos
- Seperate your writings as paragraphs to make them easier to read
- Use different colors on your notebook to make it more intriguing
- You can highlight important information in order to get them to draw more attention
- Try to insert as many photos of the robot as possible, these photos can help the judges understand what you are trying to explain.
- You can draw arrows to express which part of the writing your photos reflect
- Do not only write about your VEX robot’s building process, you can include anything that your team has been working on throughout this process
- If you are using a 3D design program, try to insert rendered images to your notebook
- Do not use a pencil for the writings, try to use a pen.
- Do not start writing your notebook after the robot is completed. Take notes daily and treat your notebook like a diary
- Your notebook does not have to be flawless. Don’t always try to avoid making mistakes, you can draw a single line on miswritten parts. Your notebook should look natural, not planned
- Feel free to scratch over unwanted or incorrect writings and drawings, as long as it does not make the whole notebook look unkempt
- You can add QR codes in your notebook if you want to add videos
- Try to write in great detail, someone reading your notebook should be able to build your robot from scratch, however don’t forget to divide your writing into paragraphs
- You can work on multiple notebooks for different subjects (3D design, programming, etc.)
- Always check the Engineering Design Notebook Rubric to make sure that you have included everything that’s required
- Personalize your notebook, you can draw your logo on the cover of your notebook, this can make the notebook look more interesting.
- Do not forget to write dates. These do not always have to be specific days, it can also be a time period that you have worked on the written subject.
- Include a table of contents at the beginning of your notebook, it is a good idea to write the table of contents at the end so leaving a few blank pages at the start might be a good idea
- Do not forget to write the project name, and sign the “designed by” and “witnessed by” parts under each section
- Even though the notebook should be written daily and therefore look more natural, try to keep it organized and neat too.
- DO NOT LEAVE YOUR NOTEBOOK TO THE FINAL WEEKS BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT
- Try to reflect all of your engineering design process steps to your notebook (wish-prefer-demand charts, weighted objective tables, etc.)
- Try to add your “napkin sketches” to your notebook too