University of Toledo, Ohio
March 19, 2021
March 19, 2021
March 20, 2021
Problem-based and active learning strategies are common techniques to improve student learning and outcomes. In recent years, engineering education courses and curriculum have seen a rise of entrepreneurial mindset (EM) in addition to problem-based and project-based learning of technical skills. The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) has been a catalyst for many of these efforts, 3C’s – Curiosity, (making) Connections, and Creating Value. A project for a course in Statics and Dynamics was developed where students work in collaborative teams on analysis of key requirements for a wind turbine for a family farmhouse. The technical objectives consist of drawing free body diagrams and writing appropriate equations for static load conditions (Static equilibrium) and equations of kinematics and kinetics for the blade assembly (Dynamics) to calculate forces, moments, and kinematic quantities. Additional tasks in the project to address entrepreneurial mindset are that teams must research and compare two different wind turbines in terms of costs and economic viability, discuss social and environmental benefits and concerns, and make a recommendation to the family (and instructor) communicated in a written report.
In the paper, the project and implementation and some improvements to the project will be discussed. Results of students meeting engineering skillset and entrepreneurial mindset outcomes and their relation to ABET outcomes are presented. Student and faculty feedback and recommendations for improvement will also be reviewed.
Reference 1. KEEN - https://engineeringunleased.com
Kadlowec, J., & Amadoro, M., & Osta, A. (2021, March), A Statics and Dynamics Project Infusing Entrepreneurial Mindset Paper presented at 2021 ASEE North Central Section Conference, University of Toledo, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/36332
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