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Work in Progress: 3-D Models with Lesson Plans

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Mechanics Division Technical Session 5

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Anna K.T. Howard North Carolina State University Orcid 16x16

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Anna Howard is a Teaching Associate Professor at NC State University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering where she has led the course redesign effort for Engineering Statics. She received her Ph.D. from the Rotorcraft Center of Excellence at Penn State University in 2001.

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Some students benefit from having a physical, hand-held model which they can hold and experiment with. A group of faculty in biochemistry at NC State has been working on a Wordpress platform where lesson plans can be paired with 3D-printable designs for students to access. We propose to build a comparable site for Engineering Mechanics. Each lesson will include: --written explanations of the topic --a 3D CAD file using Fusion 360 where students can access the file, see how it's built, and edit it as needed --a brief video from Fusion 360 where the part spins or deforms --a 3D printer file so that faculty or students with access to a 3D printer can print their own demonstrations --a lesson plan describing a simple experiment to demonstrate the topic being discussed --reflection questions built around the material The proof of concept is being explored using Area Moments of Inertia and Products of Inertia. This paper presents the initial feedback from students and instructor and plans for the future.

Howard, A. K. (2019, June), Work in Progress: 3-D Models with Lesson Plans Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33580

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