A new way to teach science

Across the world, in all of the best undergraduate engineering programs, students at some point face a different class than others. This is the Engineering Design class, through which, rather than testing them as individuals on mastery of lectures and texts, the class is challenged to work as a team to design a complex engineering system capable of meeting a challenging set of requirements.

For example, the Aeronautical Engineering class might be tasked with designing a new, high-performance, low-cost combat aircraft, with capabilities for speed, range, ceiling, maneuverability, weaponry, survivability, and productivity that all exceed specified minimums. Typically, the class may then be divided into subgroups, with each assigned to find the best solutions for critical areas, such as aerodynamics, propulsion, weapons, structures, and cost.

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