This class was tough.
I've been interested in engineering as a possible future for myself and this course did an excellent job in covering all the basics of many fields of engineering. We spent time building bridges, learning about thermodynamics and material properties, we coded robots and built Rube Goldberg machines, spending enough time to cover, in depth, what is important to know and where it is applied in the fields, always doing practical work as a foundation for the experiences.
The highlight, and absolute best part of this course, is something that we did called Big Project where our goal is to create a product, following a loose set of design constraints, where the final product was a culmination of everything that we had done throughout the year. It was very time consuming and required a lot of writing and planning, but in the end, the product was complete and beautiful. This project is done without the involvement of the teacher so that we may be able to experience something close to an actual situation we may encounter as engineers in the future. One of the most important things that you learn during this project is how to properly keep track of work and write reports on what you have done. You will be logging all of the data, work, and information that your group has collected throughout the time of the project so that you may present the project to any visitors and they may flip through the packet (Big Project packet ended up being 400 pages long) and understand what you have done and why.
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Advice for students:
You get the grade that you want in the class. You have to take a lot of notes and there is a lot of work to do but if you want an A, you can accomplish this and succeed in the class. If you want a C, then show up and slack off. The teacher is very helpful at the start but his goal is for you to be able to do the work independently and be smart about it so his approach can get frustrating at times but it is worth it.