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Title: Activity Based Learning: Wagons R Us A Lean Manufacturing Simulation PDF
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Creator: Bates, J. Bill
Blust, Rebecca P.
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: There is no substitute for experience. As educators, we cannot teach our students "experience." However, we are able to provide an environment that simulates real world problems and fosters creative thinking and the development of possible solutions. Activity based learning is built upon this premise. Active learning is explained by Bonwell and Eison as, the students "are doing things and thinking about what they are doing."

To accomplish this, a group of Engineering Technology students were challenged to apply the lean manufacturing concepts learned in class to a pre-designed production simulation. The simulation, "Wagons R Us," required the students to assemble wagons using K'NEX plastic components as their raw materials.

The simulation begins by having students participate in and observe an extreme case of a traditional production system. According to Dr. Ann Stalheim-Smith, "active learning is not a spectator sport." Therefore, the exercise required each student to actively participate. Students were divided into teams, given the constraints of the system and had one week to implement a more efficient lean manufacturing system. Student teams had to identify the different types of waste associated with the existing simulation and redesign the process to eliminate non-value added activity throughout the process.

During the competition, each team would simulate production for thirty minutes. In some cases, the students had to renegotiate their union contract to facilitate improvements made to the manufacturing process. The team that produced the highest number of good wagons with the least amount of labor would be the winner. Points were awarded for the teams that produced the most quality products in the most efficient manner. The students witnessed first hand the importance of lean manufacturing, waste identification and elimination and teamwork in a successful manufacturing system.
LC Classification: Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Teaching (Principles and practice) -- Instructional systems -- Instructional systems design
Technology -- Manufactures -- Production management. Operations management -- Manufacturing engineering. Process engineering
Technology -- Technology (General) -- Industrial engineering -- Production capacity. Manufacturing capacity -- Productivity. Efficiency
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Date Issued: 2004
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
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: 2009-10-19 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-05-31 14:32:11 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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