Edgerton Center

students working together in a small group

At the MIT Edgerton Center, students learn by doing. Photo courtesy of the Edgerton Center, by Dominick Reuter

Established in 1992, the MIT Edgerton Center continues the hands-on legacy of “Doc” Edgerton by providing students with the opportunity to learn by doing. Our subjects are designed to provide students with experiential knowledge of how to make things work, be it building a micro controller or developing a strobe photography experiment. We offer courses for credit and independent projects for MIT students, as well as our summer short program in high-speed imaging for professionals. Through our suite of D-Lab subjects, students can apply their knowledge to help solve technical challenges in the developing world.

A variety of UROPs (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Projects) are also available, ranging from electronics and design projects to teaching.

We also sponsor and work closely with student clubs and teams. At the Edgerton Student Shop in Building 44 we provide students with training and access to modern machine tools. In our K-12 Outreach program students help to teach hands-on science and engineering lessons.

Edgerton Center Courses

Course # Course Title Level
EC.050 Recreate Experiments from History: Inform the Future from the Past: Galileo Undergraduate
EC.210 Visualization for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education Undergraduate
EC.701J D-Lab I: Development Undergraduate
EC.702J Cross-Cultural Investigations: Technology and Development (Fall 2012) Undergraduate
EC.710 D-Lab: Medical Technologies for the Developing World Undergraduate
EC.711 D-Lab: Energy Undergraduate
EC.715 D-Lab: Disseminating Innovations for the Common Good Undergraduate
EC.716 D-Lab: Waste (Fall 2015) Undergraduate
EC.720J D-Lab II: Design Undergraduate
EC.721 Wheelchair Design in Developing Countries Undergraduate
EC.722 Special Topics at Edgerton Center:Developing World Prosthetics Undergraduate
EC.733J D-Lab: Supply Chains Undergraduate
EC.S01 Internet Technology in Local and Global Communities Undergraduate
EC.S02 Water Jet Technologies Undergraduate
EC.S06 NextLab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users Undergraduate
EC.S06 Design for Demining Undergraduate
EC.S06 Prototypes to Products Undergraduate
EC.S06 Practical Electronics (Fall 2004) Undergraduate
EC.S07 Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems Undergraduate
EC.421J X PRIZE Workshop: Grand Challenges in Energy Graduate
EC.786 D-Lab: Waste (Fall 2015) Graduate
EC.792J Cross-Cultural Investigations: Technology and Development (Fall 2012) Graduate
EC.S11 Engineering Capacity in Community-Based Healthcare Graduate
EC.S11 Practical Electronics (Fall 2004) Graduate

Archived Edgerton Center Courses

Some prior versions of courses listed above have been archived in OCW's DSpace@MIT repository for long-term access and preservation. Links to archived prior versions of a course may be found on that course's "Other Versions" tab.

Additionally, the Archived Edgerton Center Courses page has links to every archived course from this department.