This year's design contest called "Tic Tech Toe" is inspired by the façade of Simmons Hall
. (Image by Prof. Alex Slocum.)
This course features the information, tools
necessary to carry out the student design project
-- culminating in the mother of all robot contests. 2.007 has been replicated worldwide in engineering schools and on television. According to Prof. Slocum, the contest is a final exam, "two evenings of reality-meets-theory. This is when physics hits the road."
This course develops students' competence and self-confidence as design engineers. Emphasis is on the creative design process bolstered by application of physical laws, and learning to complete projects on schedule and within budget. Synthesis, analysis, design robustness and manufacturability are emphasized. The subject relies on active learning via a major design-and-build project. Lecture topics include idea generation, estimation, concept selection, visual thinking and communication, kinematics of mechanisms, machine elements, design for manufacturing, basic electronics, and professional responsibilities and ethics. A required on-line evaluation is given at the beginning and the end of the course so students can assess their design knowledge.