Model of the contest table for "The MIT and the Pendulum". (Image by Prof. Alex Slocum.)
This course includes readings
written by the instructor and featuring detailed explanations of the essential "milestones" for student success in the course, and examples of finished student projects
Introduce students to the creative design process, based on the scientific method and peer review, by application of fundamental principles and learning to complete projects according to schedule and within budget. Subject relies on active learning through a major team-based design-and-build project focused on the need for a new consumer product identified by each team. Topics to be learned while teams create, design, build, and test their product ideas include formulating strategies, concepts and modules, and estimation, concept selection, machine elements, design for manufacturing, visual thinking, communication, teamwork, and professional responsibilities.