This paper presents what we call the Multiple Approach Experimental Project (MAEP), a project based on the model-building approach to learning. The MAEP complements theoretical lectures by placing students in a real situation where they design and build a physical structure. A total of 65 students divided into 24 teams voluntarily took part in the competition. Assessments from students who participated in the MAEP along with assessments from the instructors who implemented it are presented. Results show that the MAEP was welcomed and that the objective of engaging students in the subject was met.