Planning an artefact

Incorporate these steps into your design process

  • Your artefact will need to have a specific purpose. Before you start creating it, write down what you’re trying to achieve. This is your ‘design brief’.
  • Work out the most feasible design. Do some background research and some modelling.
  • Think about the ethics of your project.
  • Decide what materials you will need, and where you will source them from.
  • Create it, revising your design if necessary.
  • Keep a log book throughout, documenting your process. Will you capture data from your artefact?
  • Think about how you will test your artefact to ensure it meets your original aims.

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects’ in June 2015.

Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects
Education levels:
16–19, Independent research projects