Courses Featuring Making and Fabrication
Students in Professor Watters' Astronomy 202 class developed their own projects to explore challenging environments, while learning skills such as computer programming, electronics, 3D printing, laser cutting, and others. Projects included Lil Pho (360° image and sound probe), HAB Solo (high altitude balloon probe), YELLO submarine (yoked electronic lake observer), 1 Luftballon (a project measuring the atmospheric opacity and environmental lapse rate), QuEEnBAE (quadcopter to measure and map Wellesley's lower atmosphere), and HAWK (an instrumented rocket experiment).
Students in Professor Amy Banzaert's First Year Seminar, ENGR 111, worked with para rowers at Community Rowing, Inc. in Boston to design and prototype assistive devices for rowing and daily living. Working closely with rowers, students brainstormed, developed and refined product ideas and created or reengineered products using a sewing machine and other tools in the FiberSpace in Knapp, in addition to the Wellesley Engineering Laboratory (We-Lab) and the Wellesley Costume Shop.
Students in Adam Van Arsdale's human evolution course were able to develop group research projects based on the newly discovered/published/named species of fossil hominin, Homo naledi, by printing out 3D models of some of the fossils themselves. The researchers responsible for the discovery and publication of these fossils, from the Rising Star Cave in South Africa, released 3D-models of the specimens concurrent with their initial publication on the open-access website, morphosource.org. This opportunity to work directly with fossil material, in the classroom, so soon after publication has historically been rare in paleoanthropology