"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 and manufacturing.

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.

Sheri Sheppard
Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

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