LeDuc was right. By the end of course 24-101, the students had stretched their creative muscles to conceptualize, analyze, construct, and test prototypes of their mousetrap cars. From a design perspective, the winning team used clever solutions to complete the challenge and win the race.
The real world is all about teamwork.Philip LeDuc, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
"One of the great values in this class—specifically in this project—is to introduce students to applying the information they are learning toward a goal," LeDuc said. "The mousetrap car design project is a wonderful way to introduce engineering concepts and encourage problem solving."
"It also is very important to get students ready for working in teams," explained LeDuc, who had worked for a strategic consulting company before returning to academia to become a professor. "The real world is all about teamwork."