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Integrating Project Based Learning Through Machine Design, Fabrication and Testing Aaron K. Ball, Western Carolina University Frank Miceli, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community CollegeAbstractProject Based Learning (PBL) has re-emerged as an effective method of teaching applied engineering principlesand provides opportunities for engineering and technology students to develop foundational engineering skills.Supporting essential skills such as sound engineering design, efficient fabrication methods, and analyticaltesting procedures PBL is a solid method for vertical and interdisciplinary integration across engineeringtechnology levels and programs. Specifically, this publication will describe a relative low cost CNC Plasmaproject developed by Western Carolina University and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community Collegethrough a joint partnership. This paper will present a logical approach to developing such a system and describehow applications have been integrated into curricula at both the two year and university level. Emphasis will beplaced on the structural design, control methods, testing and how the project is being integrated into a valuablelearning experience for two-year post secondary students, four year university students, and graduate students inEngineering Technology. Educational merit and approaches will be described relative to respective educationallevels.
Ball, A. K., & Ford, G. D., & Miceli, F. (2011, June), Integrating Project-Based Learning through Machine Design, Fabrication and Testing Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18243
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