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Design in Engineering Education
In Fall 2019, Georgia Tech implemented a pilot program offering a selection of five-week long, one-credit hour courses covering a range of unique subjects. These mini-mester courses aim to introduce students to non-traditional classroom material, allowing them to explore topics they are interested in without a major time commitment. The flexibility and versatility of the mini-mester format enable constructive experimentation regarding the curriculum and structure of a course. This paper focuses on the mini-mester course “Rapid Prototyping for Product Design,” a hands-on course where students were trained on makerspace equipment and taught various prototyping strategies as a means to validate design solutions.
The course combines lectures, interactive discussions, and workshops to create a comprehensive education on prototyping processes and the use of makerspace resources with the objective of enhancing students’ understanding and capability in relation to the design process. These materials and assignments were developed based on published literature in the field of design and prototyping processes for product design. A “masterpiece” assignment required students to fabricate a complex artifact using various manufacturing methods in order to familiarize them with the tools/processes available, as well as develop an appreciation for utilizing multiple processes for an end goal. Additionally, students engaged in an open-ended design project that required them to work in teams and practice the ability to assess and utilize rapid prototyping processes and select the optimal tool/process to fulfill a design purpose. Regular peer feedback sessions were implemented within class discussions to provide students with a role-playing scenario where each team would serve as a “user” for another team to practice critical thinking and learn to empathize with the end-user. This paper presents the lessons learned from the course offering along with guidelines to help readers create a fun and engaging learning experience for novice designers and innovators.
Jariwala, A. S., & Wang, J., & Ferrarer, J. A., & Lonsberry, G. E., & Craig, K. L. (2020, June), Interdisciplinary Mini-mester Course on Rapid Prototyping for Product Design Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34863
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