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Greg M. Jung
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Active Learning
Greg M. Jung   11/21/2014 10:08:46 PM
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Great to see engineering students involved with hands-on, engaged, active learning.  I believe many of the skills this team developed would not have been learned in a classroom-only setting.  Good job to the team and to Cal Poly for this type of program.

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Re: Active Learning
mrdon   11/22/2014 12:03:56 PM
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Greg M.Jung

I agree. The workplace demands a multi-interdisciplinary approach to solvng problems. Therefore, a new generation of creative problems are needed to solve tough problems (ex. Ebola). The traditional ways of teaching are no longer appropriate: a hands-on approach is the new standard used in K-12 , colleges, and university classrooms. The experiences obtain in a project based classroom are important for the new generation of engineers, technicians, artists, and designers so they can truly be signifcant contributors to society. The skills learned from "building" stuff will allow our country to be strong in the manufacturering sector like we were when the Industrial Revolution was born.

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Quadcopters and 3D Printers
mrdon   11/22/2014 12:16:21 PM
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This video and article is quite interesting and inspirational in the fact that the two hot topics of today, quadcopters and 3D printers, have been incorporated in a classroom environment. The excitement of solving a problem using a desktop manufacturing tool along with mechatronics based machine has to be exhilrating for the mechanical engineering students as shown in their video. My ITT Tech Bachelor Electrical-Engineerng and Commuication Technology students have built a homebrew 3D printer and the excitment in the lab has been contagious throughout the campus. They'll be doing some final testing and calibration of their printer new week. What a great video and article to inspire the new generation of engineers, technicians, artists, and designers.

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Re: Active Learning
bobjengr   11/22/2014 12:44:19 PM
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Greg, I agree completely.  "Book learning" is absolutely necessary but there is nothing that generates excitement better than hands-on.  These young engineers will remember this experience long after their careers are over and well into retirement.  I think projects such as this are much needed and should be a part of every engineering curriculum.  For our senior project, we had to design and build a "trap-shot" device.  Seems simple, but we also had to calculate the forces and pressure on the "bird" as it traveled up the arm.  Great project.  ( By the way, that was 1966.  You can see I remember.)

Excellent post Kevin.

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Re: Active Learning
mrdon   11/22/2014 6:29:40 PM
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bobjengr

Your are absolutely correct. Colleges, universities, and K-12 educators are transforming the traditional classrooms into hands-on labs. To truly be a manufacturing country, the new generation of engineers and technicians must be able to build stuff. In the classes I teach at both a high school  and college level, I develop hands-on labs and projects that allow my students to learn circuit or comptuer programming theory by building  electronic gadgets and software. The students become engaged in the learning process and their critical thinking/problem solving skills increase tenfold. Yes, a great and inspirational article indeed Kevin.

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Hats off to the students
AnandY   11/23/2014 4:19:01 AM
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"The entire machine was engineered, designed, wired, and programmed by the team. Representative of manufacturing realities, the short, 10-week timeframe demands that the students think creatively and use all of the resources at hand in order to complete the project on time. For Hewitt's team this meant the use of a 3D printer to make the rotor strut supports."

The students had many challenges but they all succeeded in overcoming those challenges because they had many materials at their disposal and they also had the 3D printer, which helped them in visualizing and creating what they needed for the quadrocopter. 

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AnandY   11/23/2014 4:22:05 AM
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If only more of this was available at other colleges as well. I for one am not accustomed to the 3D printer, and I haven't heard of any incidents involving such a technology at any of the colleges near my area. For this kind of technology to be actively used, I think there should a technical fair held at places and tips and tricks of using this machine should be shown to increase likeness and awareness for this machine.

Daniyal_Ali
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Time is Money
Daniyal_Ali   11/24/2014 4:05:01 PM
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Another great example of how the 3D printer opened so many different doors for us. I remember the time when my classmates were trying to make a quad copter, and they used to go and buy different parts of the quad copter (especially the wings) after every try It certainly wastes a lot of time, but being able to print them in minutes is astonishing as it makes room for more time to focus on the engineering issues rather than components acquisition. 

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