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Learning Through Doing


Garrett Herrmann, a sophomore in aerospace engineering, works with the Advanced Aero Vehicle Group in the Student Design Center. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Learning to ride a bicycle involves hands-on practice. It cannot be taught in any other way. One has to remove the training wheels, take a few falls and simply learn by doing. It’s all about experiential learning.

 Missouri S&T’s student design teams approach learning in a similar way. Team members develop skills outside of the classroom on hands-on projects to design and build vehicles and structures from the ground up.

The Student Design and Experiential Learning Center, housed in the Kummer Student Design Center, is where all the magic happens. That is where 14 interdisciplinary teams turn classroom study into practical experience. Whether it’s machining a metal chassis for a racecar, racing a canoe built of concrete or building a 1:10 scale model steel bridge, S&T students get real-world experience through teamwork.

Recently, the Advanced Aero Vehicle Group earned fourth place at the Aero Design West Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Though the team learned a lot from its success, it may have learned even more from a mechanical failure that caused a crash just days before the competition.


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Campus: Missouri S&T
Key words: Rolla Campus, Science, UM System,
County: Phelps