Engineers often need to predict how a part, mechanism or machine will perform in service, and this insight is typically achieved thorough computer simulations. Therefore, instruction in the creation and application of simulation models is essential for aspiring engineers. The purpose of this project was to develop a unified approach to teaching computational analysis and model validation against experimental response. The design of the project entailed the creation of a set of innovative computational-experimental studios, each of which houses at least two learning modules. Various assignments have been imbedded to engage students. Assessment instruments for use by students and external faculty reviewers were implemented. The studios have contributed to the development of proficiencies in using mathematical software to create models and test their output against experimental data. The studios have expanded the scope of topics covered in courses, created independent learning opportunities and enabled the creation of multimedia content available to other institutes.