July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Online education is expanding rapidly. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced many universities to move from conventional, face-to-face instruction to entirely online or hybrid instruction methods. To overcome this unprecedented situation, instructors prepare course content and laboratories to be available to students virtually, while trying to make them as interactive as possible. Virtual laboratories are mostly either pre-recorded experiments or involve controlling physical/virtual equipment through an online interface. None of the methods provide an adequately hands-on experience, which is essential for understanding engineering statics’ fundamental concepts. For online and distance learning programs, hands-on activities in a laboratory classroom setting are not always feasible, generating a strong push to develop low-cost, compact, and portable experimental toolboxes and kits that each student can obtain. We are developing such a kit that will allow students to visualize engineering statics fundamentals, including force equilibrium in two- and three-dimensional spaces, simplifying a system of forces into a resultant force, the principle of moments, and beam reactions, and the centers of gravity of composite areas and bodies. The experimental kit and a list of experiments complete with instructions will be made available to the students at the beginning of the course to perform the laboratory-style experiments at home.
Sarker, M. R. H., & Saqib, N., & Ricco, G. D., & Hammond, M., & Ruble, A. Q., & Faton, B., & Emery, J. T., & Reid, K. (2021, July), Development of a Low-Cost, Compact, and Portable Experimental Kit for Online Engineering Statics Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36959
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