June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
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Motivating Design and Analysis Skills Acquisition with the Infusion of Adapted Physical Activity Projects throughout a Mechanical Engineering CurriculumAbstractAt the heart of the mechanical engineering discipline is the design (including analysis) ofmachines and machine elements that satisfy societal needs. At xxx University students arechallenged throughout their four-year curriculum by unique, open-ended design projects. Manyof these projects focus on the design, analysis, building and testing of adapted physical activitydevices that allow greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in recreational activities Adaptedphysical activity gives persons with disabilities the opportunity to play and obtain physicalexercise. These projects present design challenges that force students to consider a user-centereddesign approach with little in the way of existing reference designs to build upon; therefore thestudents are required to use a disciplined approach to the engineering design process. Theseprojects also provide additional motivation as students can see the impact their involvement canhave in the lives of others. This paper describes how Adapted Physical Activity Design projectsare used in five separate courses for both design and analysis projects. Preliminary assessmentresults of this service learning pedagogy’s affect on student motivation and student Design Self-Efficacy will be reported.
Widmann, J. M., & Self, B. P., & Slivovsky, L. A., & Taylor, J. (2011, June), Motivating Design and Analysis Skills Acquisition with the Infusion of Adapted Physical Activity Projects throughout a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18858
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