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Introducing Project-based Engineering Laboratory to Non-engineering Undergraduate Students

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

ET Pedagogy II

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Engineering Technology

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Sudhir Shrestha Sonoma State University

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Dr. Shrestha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. He received his Ph.D. degree from Louisiana Tech University and Bachelor's degree from Kathmandu University.

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Farid Farahmand Sonoma State University

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Farid Farahmand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at
Sonoma State University, CA, where he teaches Advanced Networking and Digital Systems. He
is also the director of Advanced Internet Technology in the Interests of Society Laboratory.
Farid's research interests are optical networks, applications of wireless sensor network technology
to medical fields, delay tolerant networks. He is also interested in educational technologies and
authored many papers focusing on eLearning and Active Learning models.

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Project-based engineering laboratories were introduced in a general elective (GE) course enrolled by non-engineering major students. These laboratories aimed to provide the students a hands-on experience opportunity with engineering tool and to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering fields. The lab activities consisted of four two-hour-and-fifty-minute sessions on sensors, actuators, microcontroller, and 3D printing. The first activity constituted of a set of experiments with various sensors and actuators. The second activity was based on an Arduino robotic car kit. Students assembled, programmed, and tested the car in two lab sessions. The third activity was conducted at the Sonoma State University Makerspace. Students worked with 3D printers, CNC Mill, laser cuter, heat press, and other equipment. Feedback surveys were conducted at the end of each lab activity. The survey responses for all four labs were highly positive. In addition, the survey indicated that these laboratories helped the students acquire a better understanding of engineering field, and to raise their interests in engineering programs. The developed laboratories, implementation methods, and assessment results, including student feedback and responses, are presented and discussed.

Shrestha, S., & Farahmand, F. (2018, June), Introducing Project-based Engineering Laboratory to Non-engineering Undergraduate Students Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30717

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