Engineering Design Studio Learning by Making in the Brown Design Workshop

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Course Description

The importance of design practice and developing hands on approaches to solving engineering projects is becoming increasingly important in industry and academia. Multidisciplinary projects are pioneering the way we think and engage with technology. From MIT’s prestigious Media Lab, to Google and Space-X, the future of innovation relies on students with equally creative and analytic backgrounds.

Engineering Design Studio is a course for students who are interested in learning through making. The class will meet in the Brown Design Workshop (BDW), a newly renovated maker-space located in the Prince Engineering building, where students can learn first-hand how to design, build and test projects. Throughout this class we will explore how to identify important problems worth solving and think critically about our surroundings. We will navigate design thinking, specifically how ideas are materialized through the iterative prototyping process. We will learn about machine safety and how to best utilize prototyping tools like the laser cutter, 3D printer and CNC milling machine to take ideas and turn them into physical objects. In addition to establishing a technical and conceptual foundation, students will learn about form and function in design.

At the end of this course students will walk away with a clear understanding of how to solve problems through product design, going from ideation to production and how to use iterative prototyping skills to create projects of their own. They will develop skills and safety training on machinery they would otherwise not have access to and will be able to leave with the beginning of a design portfolio they can build on and develop for college. This class weaves together engineering and design principles and provides an introduction to form and structure. Students will also learn how to present work in front of their peers as part of their final critique, learning how pitch products and ideas to each other.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class. Most important is that students are excited to participate in the design-build process. Experience with construction or other hands-on projects is helpful but not required.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEN0613
  • Length: 2 weeks
  • Supplemental Fee: $150

Program Information

STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

Two-week, non-credit residential program focused on STEM subjects and taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 8-9 by June 2020; minimum age of 14 and maximum age of 15 by the start of the program.

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