Exploring Sea, Space, & Earth: Fundamentals of Engineering Design

Students attempt to maneuver their robot into a garbage can anchored on its side on the bottom of the pool.

Student-designed remotely operated vehicles map the "ocean floor." (Image by Alex Techet.)


MIT Course Number

2.00AJ / 16.00AJ

As Taught In

Spring 2009



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Course Description

Student teams formulate and complete space/earth/ocean exploration-based design projects with weekly milestones. This course introduces core engineering themes, principles, and modes of thinking, and includes exercises in written and oral communication and team building. Specialized learning modules enable teams to focus on the knowledge required to complete their projects, such as machine elements, electronics, design process, visualization and communication. Examples of projects include surveying a lake for millfoil from a remote controlled aircraft, then sending out robotic harvesters to clear the invasive growth; and exploration to search for the evidence of life on a moon of Jupiter, with scientists participating through teleoperation and supervisory control of robots.

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Alexandra Techet. 2.00AJ Exploring Sea, Space, & Earth: Fundamentals of Engineering Design. Spring 2009. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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