Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.

Abstract

Educational toys play a huge role in the intellectual development of children. The goal of this project was to design and construct a toy that introduces simple engineering concepts to children between the ages of 8 and 12. This toy utilizes interchangeable four-bar linkages with adjustable link lengths to teach children about simple concepts of coupler curve generation. The linkages are attached to a game board with pins set up to be knocked down as it moves. This can be an effective tool for teachers looking to provide something for students interested in science, math, and/or mechanical engineering. Incorporating a sense of autonomy in learning, along with teamwork and competition, our toy provides students an engaging way to learn about linkages.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-05-12

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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