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June 26, 2011
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Use of simple hands-on design challenges for practicing engineering design principlesThe Biomedical Engineering program at XXX University offers five distinct capstone designexperiences for our seniors. This approach provides flexibility to serve the needs of our diversestudent population, however a one semester experience can be limiting for both student learningand the depth that project teams can achieve. While providing challenging engineering problems,all capstone design courses address basic principles of engineering design, teamwork, technicalcommunications, ethics, and professionalism. In this paper, we will discuss how a few simpledesign challenges have been used in three capstone design courses to practice and applyengineering design principles and problem solving skills. These challenges are relativelyinexpensive to implement and could be done in teams or individually. The competitive aspectsof the challenges can further motivate students. The design challenge goals can be tailored tofocus on specific aspects of design practice or skills, such as bench marking, experimentaldesigns for assessing design solutions, use of appropriate statistical models, learning fromfailure, or using machining tools. In one design challenge, for example, students fabricate asimple structure using only squares and equilateral triangle shaped pieces with one demonstrablefunction that can be measured.We hope to open the discussion to wider BME educators for their examples of using designchallenges in their classrooms.
Gimm, A., & Goldberg, R., & Caves, K., & Malkin, R. (2011, June), Use of Simple Hands-On Design Challenges for Practicing Engineering Design Principles Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18359
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