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Knowledge Bowl For Manufacturing Processes

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Trends in ME Education Poster Session

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9.835.1 - 9.835.6



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Yeu-Sheng Shiue

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Session 1566

Knowledge Bowl for Manufacturing Processes

Yeu-Sheng Paul Shiue Mechanical Engineering Department Christian Brothers University Memphis, TN 38104 USA


The Manufacturing Processes (ME 201) class in the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department at Christian Brothers University (CBU) is a required course for all ME students. This class combines traditional machining, advanced machining (CNC), and rapid prototyping techniques with field trips and hands-on projects. One of the highlights of this class is the manufacturing bowl at the end of the semester. Students are divided into four groups to compete in the knowledge of manufacturing. The winning group is selected by means of the double-elimination process. A gaming device that consists of a console and two push-button control boxes is created for the competition. Seven sets of multiple-choice questions are created in PowerPoint presentations. Prior to the end of the semester, a final project is assigned to have each group of students design their own trophy for the competition. This project illustrates students’ creativity, their ability to work as a team and their manufacturing skills.

The competition serves as a review of materials covered in the class. It boosts up the interest and motivation of students in the area of manufacturing processes.


The interactive approach in teaching and learning has been an effective methodology for all levels of classroom instruction. It enlightens the traditional lecture style while building up students’ interest in the subject throughout the semester. The Manufacturing Processes (ME201) class in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Christian Brothers University (CBU) is a required course for all ME students. This class includes four parts: concepts and theory, field trips, hands-on projects, and knowledge bowl. In the concepts and theory portion, different manufacturing processes and material properties are introduced. Students learn to use different kinds of traditional machining tools such as lathes, mills, drills, bend saws, power shear, and other power tools. Welding devices such as oxyfuel torch, MIG, TIG, SMAW and plasma cutter,

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Shiue, Y. (2004, June), Knowledge Bowl For Manufacturing Processes Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13277

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