Educators, researchers, and policy makers have advocated student involvement for some time as an essential aspect of meaningful learning. In the past twenty years engineering educators have implemented several means of better engaging their undergraduate students, including active and cooperative learning, learning communities, service learning, cooperative… (More)
Although friction is an important phenomenon and greatly affects the way in which individuals interact with the world, friction is all but absent from force-feedback computer simulations of reality. Haptic interfaces are mechanisms that allow one to interact with a computer through the sense of touch. Past research has shown that haptic interfaces can be… (More)
An Experimental Bicycle Dissection Exercise was designed in which students perform an abbreviated and slightly altered version of the "Bicycle Dissection Exercise" offered in the Stanford course, "Mechanical Dissection." Like the formal course version of the Exercise, student groups were supplied with a bicycle, tools, a manual, and an assigned set of… (More)
This paper looks at specific examples of how engineering programs around the United States are revising freshman year curricula to include engineering design. It builds on a companion paper  which provides a framework for viewing, interpreting and categorizing the various approaches to exposing freshman-level students to key design qualities. Example… (More)
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Criticisms leveled at US engineering schools include: they offer too few "practical" and "hands-on" courses, students are not sufficiently schooled in teamwork and team approaches to problem solving, there is too much "compartmentalization" of engineering disciplines, and there is insufficient drilling in both written and oral communication. Other… (More)