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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to Machine Design

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Professor Ryan D. School at University of Maryland, College Park has created a new engineering course, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to Machine Design, that incorporates Tears of the Kingdom “in place of traditional computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering software.” We can only imagine how popular this class is and how many folks cross their fingers hoping they can overtally!

“As I played through “Tears of the Kingdom,” I couldn’t believe how much I was relying on my engineering training,” said Sochol. “The more experience I had with the game’s CAD assembly interface, numerous machine elements, and sophisticated physics, the more I felt it offered unique means to help students hone their skills in machine design.”

Just a few months after the game’s release, Sochol’s “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to Machine Design” course launched in Fall 2023 to provide undergraduate students with an uncommon opportunity to gain experience designing, prototyping, and testing new types of vehicles, robots, and machines–all within the virtual world of the game.

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