Design and Manufacturing I

A photo of the 2009 competition table, with a row of skyscrapers dividing it into an area for each robot containing cans and bales of trash to be crushed and stacked in the appropriate target area.

The challenge for this year's 2.007 robots is to clean up the environment. (Image by Daniel Frey.)


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Welcome to 2.007! This course is a first subject in engineering design. With your help, this course will be a great learning experience exposing you to interesting material, challenging you to think deeply, and providing skills useful in professional practice. A major element of the course is design of a robot to participate in a challenge that changes from year to year. This year, the theme is cleaning up the planet as inspired by the movie Wall-E.

From its beginnings in 1970, the 2.007 final project competition has grown into an Olympics of engineering.  See this MIT News story for more background, a photo gallery, and videos about this course.

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Daniel Frey, and David Gossard. 2.007 Design and Manufacturing I. Spring 2009. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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