2.00AJ / 16.00AJ Exploring Sea, Space, & Earth: Fundamentals of Engineering Design

As taught in: Spring 2009

Students attempt to maneuver their robot into a garbage can anchored on its side on the bottom of the pool.

Student-designed remotely operated vehicles map the "ocean floor." (Image by Alex Techet.)




Prof. Alexandra Techet

Course Features

Course Description

Student teams formulate and complete space/earth/ocean exploration-based design projects with weekly milestones. This course introduces core engineering themes, principles, and modes of thinking, and includes exercises in written and oral communication and team building. Specialized learning modules enable teams to focus on the knowledge required to complete their projects, such as machine elements, electronics, design process, visualization and communication. Examples of projects include surveying a lake for millfoil from a remote controlled aircraft, then sending out robotic harvesters to clear the invasive growth; and exploration to search for the evidence of life on a moon of Jupiter, with scientists participating through teleoperation and supervisory control of robots.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .avi, .wmv.