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2.00GoKart - Using Electric Go-Karts to Teach Introductory Design and Manufacturing at MITThis paper introduces an experimental lab section of the introductory Mechanical EngineeringDesign and Manufacturing class at MIT, where small teams of sophomore students arechallenged to build and race a working electric go-kart in the span of one. Students who havelittle to no experience in building mechanical and electrical systems develop skills in designconcept selection, detailed optimization of select components, CAD software, design forassembly, and design for repair. We introduce this class in the wider context of the strongpersonal student engineering project culture of MIT, and demonstrate how such a project classcan help build students' confidence and help in retainment of learned material by demonstratingand racing these go-karts at the end of the semester in front of their peers. Furthermore, weexplore how this structure for project-based learning may be applicable to development ofsimilar programs nationwide.
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