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A Learning Module Using Engineering Design Process and Legacy Cycle for a Freshmen-level Robotic Class

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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Arduinos, Microcontrollers, Inexpensive Robotics, and Other Tech Bytes

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Two Year College Division

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25.60.1 - 25.60.12

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Yan Xu Del Mar College

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Muhittin Yilmaz Texas A&M University, Kingsville


Allen Babb Texas A&M University, Kingsville

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Allen Babb is currently an undergraduate senior working towards an B.S. in electrical eEngineering. His work on his senior design topic, the unmanned aerial surveillance device, eventually evolved into the study of the construction and autonomous control of a Quadrotor UAV. Since then, Babb has gained a keen interest in control theory application in embedded systems, as well as a good understanding of fuzzy logic control algorithms and conventional PID controlers.

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Mohamed Abdelrahman Texas A&M University, Kingsville

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Mohamed Abdelrahman received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and engineering physics from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in measurement and control and nuclear engineering from Idaho State University in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He is currently the Associate Dean of Engineering at Texas A&M University, Kingsville. Abdelrahman's research focus is industrial applications of sensing and control with major research funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and industry. He has also focused on collaborative and innovative educational research. Abdelrahman is passionate about outreach activities for popularizing engineering research and education. His activities in that arena included NSF-funded sites for research experience for undergraduates and research experience for Teachers. He has published his research results in more than 90 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and 30+ technical reports.

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A Learning Module Using Engineering Design Process and Legacy Cycle for A Freshmen level Robotic ClassS.T.A.R Legacy Cycle is an approach to design a challenge-based learning environment forclassrooms. Engineering design process is a multiple-step process that engineers use to solveproblems and meet objectives. The implementation of the engineering design with the LegacyCycle in the current robotics project is a viable alternative to attract and guide freshman collegestudents to conduct research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)disciplines.The project describes design, implementation, and evaluation of a learning module that integratesengineering design process with Legacy Cycle for a freshmen level robotics class in a two-yearcollege, ___-___ College, during the Fall-2011 semester. The two-year college faculty memberparticipated in a six-week hands-on summer research program, Research Experience forTeachers in Manufacturing for Competitiveness in the US (RETainUS), at a local four-yearuniversity. The learning module was developed based on the faculty member research experience,gained during the RETainUS program, and educational goals. The module uses a roboticengineering team project to guide students through the engineering design process to solve twogiven challenges: the Destination and the Maze. The first challenge asks the teams to build andprogram robots to move forward, make turns, change speeds, avoid objects and stop at the finishline. The second challenge is a classic maze problem. Teams of two students were formed tobrainstorm, conduct research, design, build, test and compare two robots, LEGO Mindstorm andParallax Boe-Bot, for the given engineering challenges. Students are expected to write a formalengineering technical report and give a presentation/demo about their project outcomes at theend of the project. The project students are to gain fundamental engineering designmethodologies, technical knowledge and hands-on skills in robotics field.The pre-survey focused on students’ opinions and beliefs about science and engineering in theirschools and lives. The pre-survey has been conducted and examined. The post-survey will beconducted at the end of the project and will be compared with student responses in the pre-survey to quantify the student educational outcomes and effectiveness of the project experience.The pre- and post-surveys along with the student class evaluations will be analyzed to improvethe learning module content and project execution.

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