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Learning by doing – The MIT way

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MIT’s motto is Mens et Manus, Latin for Mind and Hand. Beyond the classroom, learning happens in laboratories, machine shops, and other spaces for practice. In this lecture, we travel from the solar car garage to the ballroom dance floor to explore how these extracurricular spaces contribute to an engineering education.

The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team is a student-run organization that designs and builds a road-legal solar car to compete in the American Solar Challenge. How can a car drive 1800 km in 5 days while using only as much power as a toaster oven?

Ballroom dance is a type of partner dance that relies on touch to coordinate synchronized motion between a leader and a follower. How do dancers talk to each other in this language without words?

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