Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
A Collaborative Project, can count as a High Impact Practice upon meeting a certain set of requirements, including but not limited to being embedded in a credit-bearing course; presenting students with a real-world problem; and counting for at least 20% of student’s final grade. This paper describes and reports on the progress and impact of such a Collaborative Project that was incorporated into undergraduate engineering thermo-fluid courses in Mechanical Engineering to enhance teaching and learning. Students in a Thermodynamics I course were tasked with addressing one of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges: “Provide Access to Clean Water”. The use of a Collaborative Project based on the NAE Grand Challenge: Provide Access to Clean Water, gave students a real-world challenge for which they attempted to apply their increasing understanding of thermodynamics to solve. Most students proposed and conducted analysis on methods of thermal desalination. This strategy was additionally implemented with a modeling and simulation component, as students were introduced to COMSOL earlier than previously done, with sophomore mechanical engineering students completing introductory COMSOL models toward the goal of being able to better model and simulate their engineering design solutions in subsequent courses, research experiences, and in engineering practice. This effort has resulted in various effects on students including: increasing student understanding of the curriculum; and inspiring students’ interest in participating in undergraduate research, including presenting their research and design work at an Undergraduate Research & Creativity Colloquium. Assessments reported here consist of a wide range of sources including: student work; student surveys during the experience; post-surveys; and student and professor reflections. These assessments provide cross-sectional and semi-longitudinal results.
Wright, K., & Milanovic, I., & Eppes, T. A. (2018, June), Implementing Collaborative Projects Using a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge: Provide Access to Clean Water. Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30620
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