Let me tell you about one of my favorite classes I’m taking this spring.
I am a part of the Progressive Degree Program studying Engineering Management, so I’ve been taking a few Industrial and Systems Engineering classes this year. This semester, I’m in a class called Invention and Technology Development.
At first, I was a little hesitant taking it because it’s an evening class, but then my curiosity was piqued when we got our first homework assignment. It was to close our eyes, use our left hands, draw random shapes and lines, and then make a sketch out of the lines we drew.
Weird, right? Yeah, I thought so too.
A few weeks later, we were given the instruction to make a machine that would pop a balloon after a 10 second delay—essentially a Rube Goldberg machine.
Here was our finished product:
I really like how this engineering class forces us to see the world differently by focusing on what they are composed of and how they look while avoiding functional fixedness. It’s a unique perspective on engineering, and I’m excited to see what else we do!Meet Archana