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dc.contributor.advisor Carol Livermore. en_US
dc.contributor.author Yang, Sandie (Sandie S.) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-03-12T17:43:53Z
dc.date.available 2007-03-12T17:43:53Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en_US
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/36681
dc.description Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2006. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 16). en_US
dc.description.abstract The Women's Technology Program was created in MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department to expose girls to engineering topics and to encourage them to choose engineering majors in college. For the upcoming launch of a WTP in the mechanical engineering department, a new curriculum is being developed. The objective of this research was to create a capstone design project for the WTP-ME curriculum that sparks high school girls' interest in design and manufacturing. A hovercraft design contest was chosen as the basis for the project because of the range of concepts it encompasses and because the competitive nature of the project would encourage cooperation and motivation among the students. To test the project's feasibility, several hovercrafts were built using different materials and geometries. A list of materials was created and contest rules were constructed based on the results, and one hovercraft design was selected to be used as a template hovercraft for the students. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Sandie Yang. en_US
dc.format.extent 23 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title Handling hovercrafts : designing a project curriculum to introduce girls to mechanical engineering en_US
dc.title.alternative Designing a project curriculum to introduce girls to mechanical engineering en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.B. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 77536732 en_US


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