June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Design in Engineering Education
22.1595.1 - 22.1595.10
Use of Power Wheels® Car to Illustrate Engineering PrinciplesIn order to illustrate engineering concepts and increase students’ knowledge/interest in engineering as a career, Power Wheels® cars were purchased, given to thestudents (each team received one vehicle) in a freshman engineering design course.The teams were asked to “reverse engineer” the vehicles e.g. determine how the powerwas supplied to the vehicle, examine the transmission, steering mechanism etc.Accelerometers and velocity sensors were mounted on the vehicles. Another class ofengineering sophomores, majoring in electrical and computer engineering, providedexpertise to the freshman design course in the development of control devices, such asan automatic steering and vehicle speed control. The toy car platform was designed tosupport radio control of vehicle operations and also to allow semi-autonomous operationand vehicle response to sensors (such as an ultrasonic distance sensor) under computercontrol. This flexibility allows this electric car platform to support a wide range of futureexperimentation and design projects. Educational resources (lab exercises, team projects)developed to support this activity and the preliminary assessment will be presented.
Medoff, H., & Avanzato, R. L. (2011, June), Use of Power Wheels® Car to Illustrate Engineering Principles Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18468
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