Flowers was instrumental in shaping MIT’s hands-on approach to engineering design education, developing a design competition for class 2.70, now called 2.007 (Design and Manufacturing I). This annual event has been a formative experience for MIT MechE students for nearly five decades and has been emulated at universities around the world. Flowers expanded this concept to high school and elementary school students, working to help establish the world-wide FIRST Robotics Competition, which has introduced millions of children to science and engineering.
Flowers is survived by his beloved wife Margaret Flowers, his sister Kay Wells, his niece Catherine Calabria, his nephew David Morrison, as well as generations of grateful and adoring students.
Woodie Flowers and his former student, Professor David Wallace, have created a fun, teamwork-based approach to learning the art of mechanical design.
Since the 1970s, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering course 2.007 has introduced undergraduate students to hands-on designing and building.