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Title: Teaching Engineering Fundamentals with a Project-Based Learning Approach PDF
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Creator: Sridhara, B.S.
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: Recruiting and retaining students in the Engineering Technology area has been a major challenge to many of us in the Engineering Technology and Industrial Studies (ETIS) Department at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). In the Fall of 2004 the author offered ET 1840 - Engineering Fundamentals and teaching this class was a lot of fun. Topics such as total quality, engineering design process and engineering solutions were discussed drawing examples from the previous three Solaraider (MTSU's solar car) projects and the ongoing experimental vehicles program. The author served as chief faculty advisor for MTSU's undergraduate solar car teams from 1994 to 1999 during which period three 19'x6.5'x4' solar cars were built to compete in the cross country race called Sunrayce. Another ETIS faculty member is supervising the department's ongoing experimental vehicles projects such as solar bike, moon buggy and formula SAE. The ET 1840 students were encouraged to take part in one of these projects. In addition to lectures and discussions, the students were exposed to some hands-on and fun type activities. They were given an overview of 3-D modeling and an approximately ten-inch long cycloidal and straight path model was designed in their presence using AutoDesk Inventor. A few minutes later we went to the ETIS machine shop where the students could watch a rapid prototyping machine build the 3-D model out of ABS plastic. Two days later the students could hold the prototype in their hands and play with it. They were given hands-on design projects such as the egg drop contest and the path of least time (based on Johann Bernoulli's brachistochrone problem) without involving the details of the theory. The author received an internal grant from which a Pasco compact, hand-operated stress-strain apparatus was purchased and the students were given a demonstration of this unit. As part of their take home exam, the students worked on an alternative energy vehicle project to ease the traffic problem on MTSU campus. They were required to discuss their engineering design with reference to the ten-step process that has been presented in the textbook.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Higher education -- Public relations -- College publicity. Recruiting
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Teaching (Principles and practice) -- Project method
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Date Issued: 2005
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-10-09 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-15 17:02:09 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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