June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
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Intercollegiate Student Design Projects: Lessons Learned by Four Universities.Four Universities (University A, University B, University C and University D) have piloted a series ofintercollegiate senior design projects where students from different schools collaborate on seniorprojects.Two types of project structure are employed. The first has the teams collaborating on the customerdiscovery and ideation phase while building separate designs. The second has the teams collaboratingall throughout the project up to delivery of a single prototype that is assembled from components builtby the various teams. The second type requires that two teams agree on a single design and to dividethe prototyping responsibilities. In cases where two subsystems have to be integrated together, thedocumentation required is very daunting and the resulting experience can vary from rewarding todisastrous. This paper presents the various project structures employed as well as assessmentconducted by interviewing the students and instructors and using self-assessment of the studentmindset.Another variation of the projects has the students working with corporate clients (industry sponsoredprojects), with individual clients (people with disabilities, inventors, etc…) or on competition projects.These variations also lead to very different experiences for the student teams. This paper presents thelesson learned.Also, the gender makeup of the teams varied with some predominantly male teams to others withbalanced ratio of males to females. The authors found the gender makeup to have strong influence onthe project success and the student experience, although the evidence for that is somewhat anecdotalat this stage.This rich mosaic of educational experiments will be presented along with assessment and lessonslearned.
Rayess, N. E., & Garner, B. A., & Kleinke, D. K., & Blust, R. P., & Jordan, W. M., & Dougherty, E. J. (2014, June), Intercollegiate Student Design Projects: Lessons Learned by Four Universities Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20690
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