The Introduction to Mechanical Engineering courses expose students to fundamentals of mechanical engineering, material sciences and applied physics in ways that engage them to investigate how their world works and inspire them to design their way to an improved version!
Course Levels I, II & III are differentiated by the depth into which concepts are explored, level and degree of tool/equipment usage, level of math used, and complexity of design challenge performance objectives.
Mechanical engineering focus areas include (but are not limited) to:
- heat transfer
- conservation of energy (kinetic, potential etc.)
- projectile motion
- fluids (buoyancy and hydrostatics)
- statics and truss design
Students also learn about how materials affect engineering design by exploring uses, characteristics and limitations within the context of a specific design challenge. Students may explore concepts of stress, strain, bending, torsion, tension and compression of relevant materials.
Students learn equations and derivations based on math skills level, e.g., (pre) algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Younger students gain exposure to basic equations but are not expected to use them to generate inputs for design or performance. Advanced level students use calculations to size and optimize their designs based on performance objectives.
Typically students work in teams, so they also learn communication, collaboration and cooperation skills. As always, student interests and strengths influence class focus and structure.
Site visit and visiting specialists! The Ti2 team engages area research institutions and industries to help students understand how people are investigating the science behind and developing innovative solutions to topics covered in this course.
Learning entry points include the use of storytelling, fiction and non-fiction literature and art.