June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
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Rapid Prototyping to Cement CAD Modeling Skills
Lawrence E. Carlson
Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
An important aspect of contemporary mechanical engineering education is mastery of a modern solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) software package. This important skill is vital to future engineers’ careers and gives students immediately marketable skills for summer employment. Students also need to learn important accompanying topics of engineering design.
In 1956, Benjamin Bloom headed a group of educational psychologists who developed the classification of levels of intellectual behavior important in learning that is known as Bloom’s taxonomy.1 As seen in Figure 1, these levels within the cognitive domain become increasingly more complex and abstract. The goal in learning is to progress up these levels.
Figure 1. Bloom’s taxonomy.1
Learning to use a CAD program can be done in three progressive steps that essentially follow the first three levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, each step more open-ended than the previous: 1. Following a tutorial (gaining knowledge) 2. Modeling an existing part (testing comprehension) 3. Creating a new part from scratch (application)
Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education
Carlson, L. (2005, June), Rapid Prototyping To Cement Cad Modeling Skills Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/14917
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