Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The next big challenge in STEM education is envisioned to come from curricular change. This paper aims to assess the best-practice model in student learning that was developed and demonstrated in Flight Dynamics and Control courses between 2011 and 2017. The best-practice model was developed when a team research component was included into the undergraduate aerospace engineering courses of Flight Dynamics and Control I and II. By taking advantage of the unmanned aerial system fleet owned by the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas (KUAE), students were tasked with developing a physics-based model for one of eighteen different unmanned aircraft platforms, comparing the dynamic models to actual flight test data for the platform, and writing papers and presenting them to a panel of KUAE Faculty. As a result, forty-eight independent research projects were conceived, designed, built, and tested by teams of juniors in the aerospace engineering department. Since 2011, eight research projects were selected to be submitted to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conferences. Six papers were accepted for the Professional Sections and three more are currently under internal review for future submission. In addition to the publication records, student evaluations, KUAE Industrial Advisory Board exit poll reports, and post-graduation survey results consistently show the effectiveness of project oriented collaborative learning.
Keshmiri, S. S., & Blevins, A., & Kim, A. R. (2018, June), Engaged Student Learning in Dynamics of Flight and Control Classes Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30375
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