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dc.contributor.advisor Maria C. Yang. en_US Tseng, Tiffany en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US 2010-04-28T15:41:06Z 2010-04-28T15:41:06Z 2009 en_US 2009 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2009. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 49-50). en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to determine whether students with strong spatial-visual skills tend to design more complex mechanisms for the undergraduate course Design and Manufacturing I. The Purdue Spatial Visualization Test was administered to 137 students enrolled in the course. Test scores were compared to student self-evaluations of experience with tasks associated with spatial reasoning such as building origami models and sketching. The complexity of 34 student robots was analyzed using metrics such as the percentage of moving components in the mechanism. Gender differences in scores on the spatial visualization test were significant, consistent with results of prior studies. A significant correlation between spatial reasoning and origami experience was found for male students tested. Most mechanism complexity criteria were not found to be significantly correlated with spatial-visual ability, although the correlation between the percentage of moving components and spatial test scores approached significance with a negative correlation. These results suggest that strong spatial-visual abilities may be used to simplify engineering design rather than increase its complexity. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Tiffany Tseng. en_US
dc.format.extent 50 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title Spatial-visual skills and engineering design en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.B. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 558536230 en_US

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