Solve real problems, expand your critical thinking skills, and make a difference.
EXTD111: Product Creation for All is a seminar for first-year students curious about product development, creativity, and making a difference with technology. Apart from passing the basic skills component of the quantitative reasoning requirement, there are no pre-requisites.
EXTD120: Making a Difference through Engineering is a project-based exploration of the technical challenges facing under-served communities. Students learn and apply engineering design skills – including estimation, prototyping, and creativity – to address real problems facing community partners affiliated with the class. Apart from passing the basic skills component of the quantitative reasoning requirement, there are no pre-requisites.
"I have been interested in merging science and community work for a long time ... [I] thought it was an unusual looking class that could potentially be very fun. It did turn out to be fun, but more than that, it turned out to a class that taught me skills I never would have otherwise learned at Wellesley."
"The most valuable feature of this course was the hands-on learning that accompanied every topic presented in class. It was a new way of thinking that forced me to be okay with failure and learn from the things that didn't work. This class was especially fascinating because it was so applicable to the world around us. For the first time in my academic career, I was able to apply what I learned in the classroom in ways that directly influenced others."
EXTD125: Making a Difference through Engineering - Fieldwork will be a Wintersession trip to Nicaragua in January '14. Students must have taken EXTD120 in the Spring or Fall of 2013 to take part in the trip.
EXTD160: Fundamentals of Engineering introduces some of the big ideas of engineering through project-based learning. Students learn about the engineering design process, modeling, feedback and control, and core tools of engineering such as laser cutting and SolidWorks. Students require PHYS107 or the equivalent in order to take this class, which will help to prepare students interested in taking additional engineering classes at Olin College or MIT.
"Now that I have finished up this course, I have another reason to take more engineering courses! I absolutely loved the class, and felt like it really pushed me out of my comfort zone ... it was a great class and I would recommend it to anyone with any type of academic background."
"I learned a lot about engineering through this project in that iteration is everything and key, and making mistakes is part of the process. ... I enjoyed making things with my hands, which is something that is hard to do as an English major. While I’ve realized ... that I made the right choice to be an English major, I am now even more fascinated with how mechanisms work. I am proud that I’ve learned pico-blocks, solidworks and Matlab because I do believe that it is helpful in any line of work that deals with creating products. Overall, I am happy that I took this class because it gave me the fundamentals and basic skills, and also gave me a fuller understanding of what I did in past classes (D-lab/MIT classes) and why those projects worked the way they did."