MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2016 Activities by Sponsor - Edgerton Center

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3D Modeling & 3D Printing: Learn how to CAD with Onshape and 3D Print through Hands-On Activities

Danielle Class, MIT alum

Enrollment: E-mail to apply.
Sign-up by 01/04
Limited to 25 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: Bring laptop (PC or Mac) and computer mouse to each class.

Over the course of three evenings, you will be exposed to integral parts of the

engineering design process: 3D modeling and 3D printing. Through a series of

hands-on activities, you will be trained how to use Onshape, the first cloud-based

CAD web app. You will get experience preparing your files to 3D print on a

Makerbot and you will leave the class with a voucher to order a print of your

custom 3D model. Additionally, we will provide you with information on where and

how you can 3D print on campus after this workshop – so you can continue

designing and prototyping your ideas!  No prior CAD experience is required.  To apply, please e-mail your full name, MIT class year, and major to

Sponsor(s): Edgerton Center
Contact: Craig Cheney, iap-3dprinting@MIT.EDU

Jan/11 Mon 05:00PM-07:30PM 38-501, Bring your laptop

Learn about vaious 3D printing technologies and CAD principles.  Begin a multipart model in Onshape.

Danielle Class - MIT alum, Craig Cheney - Mech E Graduate Student

Jan/12 Tue 05:00PM-07:30PM 38-501, Bring your laptop

Continue onshape training through multipart model, practice 3D printing with a Makerbot printer, and learn the full process involved in 3D printing.

Danielle Class - MIT alum, Craig Cheney - Mech E Graduate Student

Jan/13 Wed 05:00PM-07:30PM 38-501, Bring your laptop

Design and model a customized part in Onshape.  Learn about 3D printing resources available at MIT and through commercial services.

Danielle Class - MIT alum, Craig Cheney - Mech E Graduate Student

Design Lab: Your Self

Jenny Jin

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 20 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

Why do we feel that we can tackle the biggest challenges out in the world, but we often feel daunted or hard on ourselves when we face personal challenges? This course introduces the tools of design thinking and rapid release cycles from innovation companies (Google, Dropbox, IDEO) to apply to behavior change. We aim for students to come away with experience in design thinking, innovation, mindfulness, compassion, curiosity all embraced by top companies in the world that will help them at MIT and beyond where they continually face the question: "How do I design and live an intentional life? 

This is a condensed version of a full semester course offered Spring 2016 (EC.S04).  Students may take both the IAP and Spring versions. 

To register for one of the 20 slots, please email course instructor Jennifer Jin ( with your name, major, and year.



Sponsor(s): Edgerton Center
Contact: Jenny Jin,

Session One

Jan/20 Wed 02:00PM-05:00PM 4-402
Jan/22 Fri 02:00PM-05:00PM 4-402

EC.S02: Applied Innovations through Bicycle Dynamics (AIBD)

Jacob Izraelevitz, Jack Whipple

Jan/05 Tue 01:00PM-03:00PM N51-350
Jan/06 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM N51-350
Jan/07 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM N51-350
Jan/08 Fri 01:00PM-03:00PM N51-350
Jan/12 Tue 01:00PM-02:00PM N51-337
Jan/15 Fri 01:00PM-03:00PM N51-337
Jan/19 Tue 01:00PM-02:00PM N51-337
Jan/22 Fri 01:00PM-03:00PM N51-337
Jan/26 Tue 01:00PM-02:00PM N51-337
Jan/29 Fri 01:00PM-03:00PM N51-337

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

A hands-on introduction to alternative uses of bicycles with an emphasis on dynamics, handling and creativity. The focus of the class is the construction of a creatively engineering pedal powered contraption, past examples include: tank tread bicycle for the snow, swing bike, shopping cart bike etc. MIG welding, basic metal fabrication and bicycle mechanics will be covered. Participants will need to provide a working bike as material for their project, shop supplies and consumables will be provided. Assistance in obtaining a working bike for materials may be available. Lectures will cover bicycle history, power, dynamics and use of bicycle power in the developing world. Participants should budget an additional 20 hours of independent workshop time in addition to the meetings listed. No experience required but we do require copious amounts of enthusiasm and motivation. Fill out this survey if interested.

The Edgerton Center posting is located here:

Note: This activity is offered for-credit as p/d/f, 3 units.

Sponsor(s): Edgerton Center
Contact: Jacob Izraelevitz, 5-423,