This reminds me of my high school's mechanics shop class. And why I avoided that class.
They had a small fenced in "garage" area, and they had one semi-rusty 1975 Buick in that area. At the beginning of the class, it was in drivable condition. Quarter 1: disassemble it until things don't come apart anymore. No welding, sawing or ungluing things, but everything else must be dissembled. Quarter 2: put it back together again. Everything. From the ground up. Until it looks like it used to look. Your group fails that project if it doesn't run and pass the smog emissions test. Your group gets lower grades for each part that gets damaged enough the teacher has to spend budget money to replace.
The teacher said that the same car made it through five years, with two groups doing step 1 and step 2 each semester. At the end of the five years, the car was replaced (but still ran!).
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