San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
Design in Engineering Education
25.82.1 - 25.82.10
The Interconnection of Cross-Departmental Collaboration in Capstone Course Plays a Vital Role in STEM EducationAbstract:In today’s higher education, instructional/information technology in the classroom andlaboratory plays a vital role in hands-on cross-disciplinary activities and demonstration for studentsto learn the interconnection of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)concepts. To implement those activities, the capstone courses present an ideal opportunity forcross-departmental collaboration. The hands-on design project for the capstone coursesintroduces robotic projects in relation to the interconnection of STEM concepts. This type ofproject, which has been seen very effective in engaging students, is used in many areas oftechnical courses as hands-on activities and demonstration, in addition to laboratory work.Additionally, the focus of robotic project is on hardware/software interface and communication,electrical circuits, and mechanisms which reflect actually engineering activities in the company.And these areas provide the tight integration of many STEM concepts and activities for capstonecourse. In general, the capstone course is a parent course that has inherited the knowledge ofmany feeder (pre-requisite) courses, and is usually offered in the last or second to last semesterof the senior term.This collaborative research work among the faculty members in the Mechanical EngineeringTechnology and Computer Engineering Technology departments is funded by the NationalScience Foundation Advanced Technology Education Division (NSF ATE) recently awarded toNew York City College of Technology.
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