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Pre-College Engineering Education
College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT) at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) annually offers a 3-week high school-to-college transitional program called Summer Bridge for incoming engineering freshmen. The summer bridge program is a hands-on, experience-based learning program that gives engineering freshmen a good head-start to their college careers and greatly increases their likelihood of success. Various engineering departments actively participate in this program by offering a discipline-specific hands-on experimental or simulation-based design modules to provide exposure to engineering disciplines through active experiences. In this summer bridge program, the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) department of the Division of Engineering Technology (DET) offers a design module: Roll-The-Roller 3D Printing Design Contest. The is a six-hour-long event that is spread over three days with two-hour sessions each day. The objective of this design module is to provide an opportunity to study and expand the abilities of 3D design and manufacturing with experimental hand-on learning. The main goal is to design, print, and test a 3D-printed roller that rolls faster than the designs by the other competitors. Here, a 3D structure (roller) will be first conceptualized and designed with strict design constraints and tested on a ramp for maximum acceleration. To achieve this goal, the team will first start making the 3D roller physically by using modeling clay and/or 3D pens, then the finalized design translates into 3D CAD model for 3D printing. The team will learn the concept of physics, lightweight structures, and 3D printing through this exercise. This 3D printed roller will be later tested on a ramp for speed. The roller that completes the race first wins. In summary, this article shows a step-by-step procedure for creating an experience-based summer bridge program to improve the success of incoming engineering freshmen students.
Vora, H. D., & Alexander, A., & Park, I., & Yang, C., & Sahoo, A., & Chang, Y. B. (2020, June), WIP: Roll-the-Roller 3-D Printing Design Contest: The Experience-based Summer Bridge Program to Improve the Success of Incoming Engineering Freshmen Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35568
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