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Use of Games for Learning Automated System Integration

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Progress in Manufacturing Education I

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25.1411.1 - 25.1411.15



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Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

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Sheng-Jen (”Tony”) Hsieh is a professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include engineering education, cognitive task analysis, automation, robotics and control, intelligent manufacturing system design, and micro/nano manufacturing. He is also the Director of the Rockwell Automation Laboratory at Texas A&M University, a state-of-the-art facility for education and research in the areas of automation, control, and automated system integration.

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Punit Deotale Texas A&M University

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Use of Games for Learning Automated System IntegrationAutomated systems play an essential role in the manufacturing industry. Engineers constantlydesign, maintain, reconfigure, and upgrade these systems to accommodate shifts in productdesign or manufacturing priorities. A diverse skill set is needed and often engineers requireyears of experience to become expert system integrators.Research suggests that well-designed games can help increase learners’ motivation to learn,reinforce knowledge, and provide opportunities for concentrated practice. “Serious games” canhelp students to develop skills in real-life problem-solving, which can result in improved transferand reduce the amount of time needed for on-the-job learning.This paper will describe the development of several games to help students to learn aboutautomated system integration. A quiz game patterned after “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”allows students to answer questions about topics in certain categories, such as functions andcomponents for various types of sensors and relays. A wiring game allows students to practiceinterfacing devices such as switches, power supplies, and programmable logic controller I/Omodules. Finally, an automated system design game allows students to design a layout for a cellphone assembly line. The games allow students to perform realistic tasks in a virtualenvironment that allows them to opportunities to make mistakes safely and practice until they areproficient in a skill. Results from an evaluation with 40 undergraduate students will bepresented.

Hsieh, S., & Deotale, P. (2012, June), Use of Games for Learning Automated System Integration Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22168

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