of my favorite aspects of my classes is the hands-on projects.
Here are some that I have either completed or am working on.
Hotbox: Energy Efficient Toaster
a part of my Technical Communications course, we were required to
design and construct a product that could be
used to save energy. My group of three chose to design a toaster that heated the toast in a completely closed toaster.
The idea behind this design was to keep all the the heat enclosed inside of the toaster. This way the toaster would be
able to heat the bread with less wasted energy. My main purpose in the group was designing and building the entire
toaster minus the heating elements. I came up with the designs on my own and with the help of the MIT Hobbyshop, I
was able to get the box completed. The box was made of plywood insulated with aluminum. The only parts that came
from a real toaster were the grills for the bread to rest on. Below are a few pictures of the finished product.
my 3.094 (Materials in the Human Experience) class, we built a
replica of an ancient Andean raft. The base
of the raft was made of Balsa logs that were tied together. We constructed the raft in less than 6 weeks. Below
are a couple pictures of the raft on the day we first sailed it.