June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Electrical and Computer
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Increasing ECE Student Excitement through an International Marine Robotics CompetitionAs educators we are constantly searching for new methods, materials, and projects that inspirestudents to become excited about our discipline. Ideally, this excitement would lead to increasedstudent motivation, learning and retention. In addition, a student who enjoys the field alsobecomes a critical asset in additional student recruitment and outreach. This paper addresses onesuch project by relating our experience with the 1st International Underwater Robot OpenCompetition, the Advanced Individual Studies course that we created to support the competition,and how the competition can be used to increase student interest in marine robotics. We begin bybriefly describing the International Underwater Robot Open competition, the history of thecompetition, and the platforms involved. We then describe in detail the design and execution ofthe course created to support participation in the competition. This description includes adiscussion of some common pitfalls that students experienced when transitioning from workingsolely with ground based robots to working with robots in an underwater environment. Inaddition, we discuss the key role that the faculty advisor must take when working in a small-group, project based class to ensure that goals are clearly understood and accomplished in atimely manner. Finally, we relate the students’ experiences, both technical and cultural, duringthe international competition. These experiences and the excitement generated by theopportunity to travel to a foreign country led to students pursuing foreign exchange opportunitiesand performing additional undergraduate research in marine robotics.
Heyman, J. L., & Huang, W., & Xie, G., & Taephanitcharoen, P. (2013, June), Increasing ECE Student Excitement through an International Marine Robotics Competition Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19751
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