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Mechanical Engineering

Research, design, build, and iterate unique solutions to real problems grounded in the physical mechanics of our world.

About this Workshop

Campus: Wellesley College | Rising Grades: 10,11,12

Mechanical engineers must be comfortable thinking well outside the domains of scientific inquiry: they’re critical thinkers, problem solvers, and creatives. They design technologies based on fundamental physical principles to address problems ranging from commercial to existential—smartphones to climate change—and everything in between. In this course, explore the worlds of fluid, solid, and thermal mechanics and the principles that guide them. Investigate and define a problem, empathize with the end-user, and engage in an iterative design process to solve a series of engineering challenges. Build fundamental mechanisms and combine them to create complex robotic systems that can be programmed in response to a specific challenge. Push the limits of the physical world as you create new solutions to common problems and experience the thrill of innovation first-hand.


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Discover the fundamental principles that define fluid, solid, and thermal mechanics by experimenting with wind and water turbines.

Cycle through the iterative engineering design process to design, build, and test solutions to real-world problems.

Design, build, and program a robot to work with others in response to a challenge.