This class was tough.
I would recommend this course because it was a very fun and interactive way to learn more about what engineering really is. It was also very hands on and allowed me to come away from the class knowing many new skills and feeling much more confident pursuing an engineering degree at UCSD. A fair warning is that this class is very time consuming so I would take it when your quarter is fairly open and know that whatever you put into this class is what you will get out of it; so if you put in many hours and passionately try to learn as much as you can you will come away with many new skills and will be very happy with the time you spent in MAE3.
The highlights of this course were the many opportunities that we had to actually build and design things as well as spending a lot of time learning computer aided design. The pendulum clock project was really fun and it gave me a good understanding of how to use the machine shop to my advantage. The robot project, although very time consuming, was a blast and taught me how to work with a team, embrace creativity to overcome engineering obstacles, create an official robot report, and many other things.
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Advice for students:
Do not take this class with a busy schedule because it is very time consuming and will be very hard to manage if you have many other commitments. Other than that just make sure to go to lecture because what the professor teaches is very useful not only in the class but also for the rest of your engineering career (plus he gives pop quizzes). Also, be sure to take advantage of the many resources and office hours that are available to you if you need help and make sue that you do not fall behind on your assignment because it will be hard to manage future deadlines which are more intensive and have a bigger impact on your grade. Also, make sure that you have good communication with your team because your grade will depend on it for the final robot project (which is worth a large percentage of your grade) and try to do all of the little assignments and extra credit opportunities so you can add easy points to your final grade and receive a high grade in the class.