"Mechanical Dissection" is an approach to teaching students
about engineering concepts and design principles by having them explore
the engineered products around them. This exploration involves having students
work in small teams to disassemble and reassemble machines. This exploration
leads to insight on materials, function, design alternatives, human factors
Much of this work was sponored by the Synthesis Coalition. The home to much of this activity is the Center for Design Research at Stanford.
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