Each week in the DartmouthX ENGSx: The Engineering of Structures Around Us course, students post projects they’ve created after studying that week’s course material. Read on to see some of the structures from Week 3: Anti-Funicular Forms that students built using cheesecloth, paper mache, paper towels, and other materials. ENGSx is free, self-paced, and you can start anytime! Enroll today and learn how to make your own structures.
The images in this post were originally posted in the ENGSx course forums – to see more enroll in the course. Thank you to these students for sharing their work!
Radovan Vidjikant | Age 23
I’m currently a graduate student at Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, studying Civil Engineering – Structures. Since my main engineering interest is in structures, I find this course great in many ways. Throughout this course I have had a chance to reflect on the materials I had already learned on this topic, to explore and learn new things in a way that I’m not used to, and to improve my language skills. I like the way that this course is organized, covering basic concepts and essential skills that future engineers needs to be familiar with. The hands on problems are great. I also find it really relaxing and enjoyable.
Maxim D. Nasab, AIA, MRAIC, LEED Green Assoc. | Age 27
I am a Bridge Architect from Montreal living in Tallahassee, Florida. I love learning new things and you can get lost in day to day activities at work – edX allows me to step out of my daily routine and challenge myself. I decided to take ENGSx because it was a subject that I could relate directly to my work. Being able to communicate with engineers and actually understand each other is a powerful tool. ENGSx has been the best class I’ve taken so far, it is really hands on which is both helpful and fun. The videos were great and I finally got to build a tensegrity structure which I have always wanted to investigate. Thank you.
John Cole | Age 36
I’m a chemical engineer with a P.E. license just looking to broaden my horizons and hopefully my prospects for getting on a variety of projects with the company I work for, who doesn’t do much chemical work.
Chloe Burkett | Age 17
I actually signed up at 2am on a whim! I just wanted to expand my knowledge and learn about something that I wouldn’t have time to learn during school and I thought it would be super cool to know how everything worked. I really love the videos and the self pacing part – I have so much school work and extracurriculars, so the timeline helps me keep a goal without feeling pressured to have things done on a certain day.
I also love the connections to the real world and flipping through the discussion to look at other people’s pictures and concepts which allows me to expand my thinking and ideas – it’s virtual teamwork which is interesting to experience.
János Horváth | Age 24
I’m a mechanical engineer, and decided to take this class because I am interested in engineering in general. Although these topics are not new for me, the course gave me a better understanding of the basics, and another view (architect perspective).