Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute (SCUPI) is a new academic entity jointly established by Sichuan University (SCU) and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), which is one of five large-scale partnerships between an American and a Chinese university. Currently, three undergraduate degree programs are offered: Industrial Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. From the interactions between the instructors and students, it has been identified that Chinese students tend to be very focused in theoretical learning, while their hands-on abilities and creativity are relatively limited. To stimulate imagination, innovation, creativity in Chinese engineering undergraduates, SCUPI set up a student-run-design-build-play space (Makerspace) in April 2016. This article introduces in detail as a start-up academic institute, how SCUPI, learning from excellent makerspaces world-wide, launched innovative maker education activities based on the existing resources and characteristics of Chinese students. These activities include: 1. Regular technical lectures for training makers 2. Hands-on projects based on engineering courses 3. Supporting students in STEM competitions; 4. Involved in feature events and outreach activities of SCUPI 5. Guiding students to take part in academic research 6. Establishment of an online maker sharing community. As a result, SCUPI has initially created a dynamic maker education system based on this small-scale makerspace, which provides guidance to brainstorming, CAD model simulation, prototype manufacturing and hands-on practice. The organization, facilities, challenges, and planning of makerspace are also presented to guide others in the creation of similar organizations.
Liang, D., & Lin, S., & Liu, L., & Chen, W., & Du, J. Y. (2018, June), Board 106 : Maker Education in a Sino-American Joint Institute: Taking Sichuan University - Pittsburgh Institute as an Example Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29867
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