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An Interwoven Multisemester Dynamic Systems Project To Integrate Stem Material

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005



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Controls, Mechatronics

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10.191.1 - 10.191.14

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Stephen Pennell

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Peter Avitabile

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John White

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Students generally do not understand how basic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) material fits into all of their engineering courses. Because they have no clear-cut reason to embrace these concepts, the students hit the “reset button” after each and every course. This often comes back to haunt the students in subsequent upper level classes which require a firm understanding of this material. A new multisemester interwoven dynamic systems project has been initiated to better integrate the material from differential equations, mathematical methods, laboratory measurements and dynamic systems across several semesters/courses so that the students can better understand the relationship of basic STEM material to an ongoing problem. This paper highlights the overall concept underlying the new approach. A description of the project and modules under development is given.

Pennell, S., & Avitabile, P., & White, J. (2005, June), An Interwoven Multisemester Dynamic Systems Project To Integrate Stem Material Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.

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