Engineering Design Studio: Learning by Making in the Brown Design Workshop

Course Description

Engineering Design Studio is a course for students who are interested in learning through making. The class will take advantage of the Brown Design Workshop (BDW), a maker space located in the Prince Engineering building, where you can learn first-hand how to design, build and test projects. Throughout this class, we will explore how to identify important problems worth solving and think critically about our surroundings. We will navigate design thinking, specifically how ideas are materialized through the iterative prototyping process. We will learn about safety and how to best utilize prototyping tools like the laser cutter and 3D printer to take ideas and turn them into physical objects. In addition to establishing a technical and conceptual foundation, you will learn about form, function, and engineering analysis in design.

This course includes an academic project that you will work on over the two weeks and present on the final day to your peers. The course will involve lectures that incorporate discussion-based learning, group activities, demonstrations in the Brown Design Workshop, and time for you to work in groups to complete your final design projects. These projects will use your new knowledge of the engineering design process and iterative prototyping method.

By the end of this course, you will have met the following learning objectives:
• ‘Design Literacy’: You will be able to take a concept and translate it into a 2D representation (i.e. digital or physical sketch) and then expand it further to a functioning scale 3D prototype.
• Basic working knowledge of common prototyping materials: Through direct exposure to a number of conventional prototyping materials, you will learn which materials best represent the concepts you wish to communicate.
• You will be familiar with terms like “human-centered design”, and you will understand the difference between designing for and with stakeholders.
• Final projects will be subjected to a formal ‘critique’. As such, you will learn how to evaluate others’ work in a constructive process that is essential in engineering design.

After completing this course, you will have a greater understanding of how engineers approach and solve problems, creating the foundation for future study within any discipline of engineering.


Students should have taken Algebra 1 prior to enrolling in this class. Other than that, you should be excited to participate in the design-build process. Experience with other hands-on projects is helpful but not required.


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Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 18, 2022 - July 29, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A and 2 afternoon class sessions per week
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Sydney Morris
Course Number: 10033