Glassboro, New Jersey
July 24, 2018
July 24, 2018
July 26, 2018
FYEE Conference Sessions
GIFTS PAPER - Abstract
At The Ohio State University, the Department of Engineering Education has sought to engage the traditional departments in the College of Engineering. One such collaboration has been one between the Department of Engineering Education (EED) and the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department. The advantage of initiatives of this ilk, is to expose students to real applications in traditional disciplines, thereby allowing them to make decisions about their undergraduate pursuit. The MSE Department at OSU proposed a laboratory exercise to which explores the four (4) tenets of material science, namely structure, processing, properties and performance. This was achieved by using nylon fishing line for processing, by applying a rotational force until the line coiled and formed into a spring. Students were able to further investigate what happens to the same material when it is further processed. The second example of processing was to heat treat the spring under load. After successful treatment which served to alter the entropy in the material, this spring became artificial muscle and demonstrate the ability to do work (force x distance). The students are then asked to conduct an economic analysis regarding the feasibility of the cost of production of their spring vis-à-vis springs with similar properties in the market.
As students are exposed to traditional disciplines through hands-on labs, the possibility exists that their intellectual curiosity can be piqued as the student then benefits from practical exposure instead of a serendipitous encounter.
Parris, K. A. A., & Kecskemety, K. M. (2018, July), First Year Engineering collaborations with traditional engineering departments, to introduce students to foundational concepts, through hands-on laboratory exercises. Paper presented at 2018 FYEE Conference, Glassboro, New Jersey. https://peer.asee.org/31400
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