# Creative Engineering with Mark Rober

• "How to build cool stuff and get people to care about it"
• Monthly class with Mark Rober
• Will end up with 3 builds

## Storytelling

• Mark Rober always makes builds motivated by great stories
• How do you make a video go viral?
• Make people react
• Strong emotions
• No one shares videos they don't remember
• Story-driven development

## Engineering Design Process

1. Brainstorm
2. Research
3. Prototype
4. Final Build

### Brainstorm

• Process:
1. Scenes
• Where might you interact with the theme?
2. Problems
• What problems do you encounter in the scenes?
• The more relatable the problem, the more it'll resonate
3. Solutions
• Is it relatable?
• Is it inspiring to you?
• Is it plot worthy?
• Does it fit the constraints?

### Research

• Helps you stay organized and see the entire design space

#### Part One

• Find the requirements of your project
• Constraints
• Helps you focus your energy
• Adds structure for you to solve problems
• Can break them up into essential and non-essential
• Some things will be out of scope but still worth capturing
• After you have requirements, you want to dive deeper into each of them and build them out
• Look are examples in the real world that might have parallels
• Talk to friends and family
• Collaboration always brings great ideas
• Keep track of experiments you'll need to perform as you go through the process
• They will help drive your build
• Science experiments that'll help guide your build
• Think big
• You can explore the ideas later as you develop your build
• Don't worry about things that are difficult/near impossible

#### Part Two

• Narrow down the potential approaches to your build
• Process:
1. Define your question and variables
• Test what happens when you change your variable
• Test one thing at a time
2. Get the materials
3. Run the experiment and measure outcomes
4. Analyze your data and form conclusions

## Misc

• Formula for determining speed based on iPhone slo mo
• $\frac{5.4 \times distance(ft)}{slo mo time} = mph$

## Resources

• McMaster-Carr
• Great for figuring out what you need then taking that to Amazon to find cheaper options
• Pololu
• Motors and electronics