San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.271.1 - 25.271.9
Broaden Engineering Technology Students’ Knowledge through Hands-on with Motion RoboticsAbstractThe skills and knowledge that employers value most are not always well-aligned withundergraduate engineering technology programs. With the support of a federal grant, we identifyand propose to broaden the undergraduate student experience to include training in transferableskills with agricultural robotics technologies. With the advancement of information technologyand control theory, agricultural robotics technology is becoming more advanced and morewidely used in the labor intensive agricultural industry. Modern farming requires makingincreasingly complex scientific, business, and financial decisions, so qualified workers withadvanced education/training in diversified technology background are highly demanded. Thus, itis extremely important for higher education institutions, especially minority serving universities,to offer appropriate education opportunities for students to prepare them adequately for theirfuture career.As a relatively new discipline, Engineering Technology is the application of engineeringprinciples and modern technology to help solve or prevent technical problems. The programs aredesigned to meet the growing need created by the technology revolution for college-educatedproblem solvers who can support the engineering process. Thus, the ET program is featured withits emphasis on hands-on skills training, to enable ET students to solve production and systemimplementation problems and help them explain solutions. Therefore, to prepare the students tomeet the industry requirements in the job market, it is urgent to update the educationalcurriculum along with technology trend in the ET program.To better fulfill the departmental primary purpose to prepare students for a successfulprofessional career in diversified technology fields, in the current phase of the project, anindependent study class is offered to the Engineering Technology students. The course isfeatured with general introduction of agricultural robotics, theory and technology behind motionrobotics, and hands-on experience with motion robotics. This paper introduces the currentprogress and implementation strategies on this course and discusses the future plan of the projectin better aligning the goal of the department to that of the sponsoring agent.
Wang, Y., & Lan, Y., & Lian, J., & Cui, S. (2012, June), Broaden Engineering Technology Students’ Knowledge through Hands-on with Motion Robotics Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21029
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