As a busy engineering student, you probably don’t have all the time in the world to take on side projects–even though these types of projects can help you better grasp material and help you find your passion in the field (not to mention put you ahead of some other students in internship applications). Click through to find some small side projects you can tinker with in your dorm in your spare time, courtesy of Make: magazine. Even better, see if you can’t improve on some of the designs!
MIT engineers have created soft, magnetically-manipulable 3D printed structures. These objects have multiple polarities and can bend, deform, and even crawl on command! Read more about them here.
Researchers at TU Delft have come up with a nimble, gossamer-winged robot that mimics how insects move. It can make rapid maneuvers in every direction and accelerate–on the fly. Read more about it here.
Destin at Smarter Every Day holds lightning in his hands as he plays with Tesla coils in different iterations.
Simone Giertz, maven of monstrous robots, delivers a TED talk on why you should make useless things.