Class overview

Introduction to engineering and the design process, engineering drawing, sketching, back of the envelope calculations

Introduction to the OETL (PDF)

Solid Works tutorial

Machine shop skills and safety (PDF)


Basic design analysis

Free body diagrams, Newton’s laws


Electronics and water: two great tastes that don’t taste so great together…

Exploration with instrumentation

Light banks (PDF) (Courtesy of Kate Thompson. Used with permission.)

Electronics Assembly (PDF) (Courtesy of Kate Thompson. Used with permission.)

Solid Works tutorials/parts library

4 Hydrostatics, pressure and water proofing  
5 Holiday - no lecture

Instrumentation panels introduction and construction (PDF)

Information on sensors (PDF)

6 Design brainstorming, project ideas, Solidworks repository development  

Motors and electronics

Guest lecturer: Prof. Steve Leeb, MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Waterproof sensors/lights

Design brainstorming


Design analysis, error estimation, data presentation

Propulsion: power vs. thrust and efficiency

9 Engineering ethics and using your best judgment

Motor building and testing

Team development and brainstorming


Communicating engineering design

Promoting your ideas/inventions


Exploration on the Moon: mission planning for EVA and geology, part 1

Guest lecturer: Prof. Dava Newman, MIT Aeronautics & Astronautics

Testing sensors in lab

Design analysis



Exploration adventure part 2

Guest lecturer: Prof. Dava Newman, MIT Aeronautics & Astronautics

13 Student presentations: in-class design review


Revise analysis

Parts list submission

14 Design iterations, recalculations  
15 Cool robots and bomb disposal

Build, build, build!

16 Bio-Robots, Gecko feet, and cool stuff!  
17 Engineering and society

Dunk-test vehicle (Pool)

Complete electronics

18 Guest lecture  
19 Pool testing at the Z-Center


Data analysis from dunk test (Pool) and/or field test at Sailing pavilion (River)

20 Engineering at MIT: things to think about… choice of majors  
21 No class, optional Boston Harbor Day trip + lunch

Off site testing (River)

22 Guest lecturer: Prof. Steve Dubowsky, MIT Mechanical Engineering, mobile robots  
23 Guest lecturer: Prof. Sangbae Kim, MIT Mechanical Engineering, bioinspired design

Off site testing (TBA)

24 Engineering after MIT: things to think about… grad school, consulting, FE exam, professional engineers certification, internships  
25 Guest lecturer: Dr. Sheri White, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, underwater exploration

Further data analysis (PDF)

Design review poster preparation

26 Guest lecturer: Prof. Jeff Hoffman, MIT Aeronautics & Astronautics, aerospace engineering design  
27 Final student poster presentations  
28 Lab clean up, evaluations  

Pool Testing Photos


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Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2009
Learning Resource Types
Image Gallery
Lecture Notes
Projects with Examples
Design Assignments with Examples
Presentation Assignments
Written Assignments