June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
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Using a UAV to Teach Undergraduate Aircraft PerformanceHands-on activities based pedagogies have been determined to be effective in motivating andenhancing understanding of complex engineering concepts in undergraduate education. The use oflaboratory exercises supporting theoretical concepts in the classroom is one such example of usinghands-on activities. The Mathematics and Aerospace Science Engineering Departments are developingthe capability to teach various concepts to undergraduate students using real-time data telemeteredfrom an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This NSF funded project uses a commercial-off the-shelf (COTS)UAV. The students develop a flight plan and then fly the UAV and collect data. This data is then analyzedand compared with the concept learned in the class room. A team of Math and Aerospace majors is alsodeveloping a low cost (~ $500) platform using commercial off-the-shelf components. This activity isproviding valuable hands-on team work experiences to the interdisciplinary team of students. The low-cost UAV will replace the COTS UAV which is primarily being used for research purposes. The paper willdetail the two teaching modules that have been developed for the Aircraft Performance course. Studentsurvey data on the effectiveness of the approach will also be presented.
A. Aji, C., & Khan, M. J. (2013, June), Using a UAV to Teach Undergraduates Math and Aircraft Performance Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22689
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