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Title: An Educational and Entertaining Senior Capstone Design PDF
Url: http://search.asee.org/search/fetch?url=file%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%2FE%3A...
Creator: Farhoud, Ahmad M.
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: The renovation of Lucas County's Winter Wonderland Christmas exhibit presented a unique opportunity for students to become involved and use their knowledge to design new displays. The project presented herein represents an ideal learning experience. It was an occasion for students to have fun, while demonstrating their technical knowledge. At the same time, students experienced some of the more gratifying aspects of community service. Instead of demonstrating an abstract model that served no purpose after project completion, students worked on something that had a viable purpose. The idea here was to design, build and troubleshoot a fully functional, interactive robotic exhibit intended to become part of a permanent display in a community holiday venue to be visited by several thousand children annually. To achieve this goal, students created an animated, life-sized, friendly "monster" that surprised his visitors after pulling aside a huge tree. Servos, controlled by a basic stamp, were used to operate the snowman. To make these movements look realistic to observers, a serial servo controller, with built in ramping functions was used in combination with the stamp. The entire operation is triggered by a motion sensor implanted in the tree. To project his voice, a sound card combined with an audio amplifier was used in conjunction with powerful speakers placed inside the monster's body. The project was completed successfully and gained a great deal of attention at the University of Toledo, 2004 college of engineering expo. The display also opened to rave reviews at the Children's Wonderland Exhibit, its permanent home. A sample of these reviews is presented in this paper.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Technology -- Mechanical engineering and machinery
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Key Concept: Mechanical engineering -- Machine design
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: 2009-10-12 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-15 09:59:38 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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