June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Computers in Education
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Worldwide Digital Design Contest: A Decade of Development and SuccessAbstractWith the publication of The Engineer of 2020: Visions of engineering in the New Century, TheNational Academy of Engineering (NAE) Committee on Engineering Education (CEE) aimedto identify the opportunities and challenges for the 21th century, anticipating and shaping thefuture practice of engineering, the characteristics of the engineering workforce and theireducation. To enhance the nation’s economic productivity and improve the quality of lifeworldwide, engineering education in the United States must anticipate and adapt to the dramaticchanges of engineering practice. Engineering schools should attract the best and brighteststudents and be open to new teaching and training approaches.College graduates should be prepared to work in culturally diverse workplaces, work acrossnational borders and understand global challenges.According to published reports, looking at particular skills and attributes needed for engineers,top priorities in terms of future skills will be: practical applications, theoretical understandingand creativity and innovation. Creativity is an essential tool required to flourish within the everchanging contemporary world, so educators have a responsibility to develop students’ creativitycapacity.As the complexity of microelectronic systems is steadily increasing, universities must updatetheir curricula to cope with the increased demands of research and development required inindustry. Continual advances in technology necessitate on-going updates and modifications toexisting digital design teaching methods and computer-based tools, in order to reinforcestudents’ technical and practical knowledge, to better prepare them for the industry’s needs.Trying to address the above mentioned issues, instructors at different universities in Europe,USA and Asia gradually joined forces, organizing regional, national and global Digital DesignContests, open to students enrolled in different majors such as: Electrical and ComputerEngineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, Mechatronics, Computer Science,Engineering Technology Programs, etc. Students enter the competition with original and creativeprojects, following the contest rules, established by representatives from industry and academia.Competitions at all the schools, located in different countries and on different continents havebeen sponsored by________ and_________.This paper focuses on evaluating the results of a decade of development and success organizingDigital Design Contest at the regional, national and worldwide level, with an emphasis onstudents’ perception as an alternative learning experience and “lessons learned”. Trends on thestudent’s selection of computer based platforms, software and CAD tools, project topicpreferences will be presented also. The logistics and challenges of the competitions will beanalyzed, and plans regarding the future of the regional and worldwide competitions will bepresented.
Radu, M., & Cole, C. S., & Dabacan, M. A., & Ignat Bot, M., & Wong, A., & Harris, J. (2015, June), Worldwide Digital Design Contest: A Decade of Development and Success Developing Students’ Hardware and Software Skills Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25111
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