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2.00GoKart – Using Electric Go-karts to Teach Introductory Design and Manufacturing at MIT

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Innovative Project-based Learning Practices in Manufacturing

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26.12.1 - 26.12.14



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Dawn Wendell Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Dr. Dawn Wendell is an engineer whose past projects range from BattleBots robots to medical devices, for which she holds several patents. She received four degrees from MIT including a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. She worked as a fluid mechanics researcher in Paris, France before returning to MIT as Assistant Director of Admissions. Currently Dr. Wendell works as a Senior Lecturer in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering teaching design, manufacturing, and instrumentation.

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Charles Zheng Guan MIT-SUTD Collaboration, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Charles Guan is a fabrication shop instructor at the MIT International Design Center, part of the MIT-SUTD Collaboration. He holds a Mechanical Engineering B.S. from MIT (2011) and has been involved in teaching design and manufacturing to the MIT community since.

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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.

Wendell, D., & Guan, C. Z. (2015, June), 2.00GoKart – Using Electric Go-karts to Teach Introductory Design and Manufacturing at MIT Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23351

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