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Instructor Info:Beth Ferguson
Term: 2013J
Meeting Info: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design CLASS
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design CLASS
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design CLASS
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design CLASS
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design CLASS

This course is intended for students interested in exploring the relationship between transportation, urban infrastructure and renewable energy. We will investigate the growing trend of designers, engineers, and artists to use ecological design principles to address complex issues related to climate change, transportation, and energy use. Students will collaborate to design and prototype a solar powered electric bicycle share program for universities and cities. The course will combine lectures, research, 3D modeling, social entrepreneurship, solar electronics, and prototyping skills. We will discuss case studies, learn digital design and model making techniques, create a business plan and present final work to the Hampshire Community. This is an interdisciplinary course; we welcome students with various interests and backgrounds and with all levels of experience in design, art, business, science, and technology, including beginners.

Evaluation Criteria:


In order to receive academic credit for this class, you are expected to complete all assignments, work collaboratively on a main project, and complete and post a self-evaluation on the HUB.  In writing your evaluation, we will consider the following:


Did you show up to class regularly and on time? Did you contribute to class discussions and activities? Did you do the readings and assignments, digest and reflect on them on a regular basis?


Did you take initiative within your group? Follow through with agreed upon tasks? Were you helpful and supportive of team members?  Were you prepared for the project updates?


General resourcefulness and overall effort!

A note on punctuality and attendance ::

Let the instructors and your collaborators know in advance when you need to miss, must be late for, or must leave early from class.  Students who miss more than 2 classes will not receive an evaluation or academic credit.  Two tardies or early departures count as (1) absence, so please come to class on time and be fully present until the end!

Additional Info: is a free online concept mapping tool

Get started with SketchUp - Part 1

Getting started with SketchUp - Part 2

Getting started with SketchUp - Part 3