Assessing the impact of video game based design projects in a first year engineering design course

  title={Assessing the impact of video game based design projects in a first year engineering design course},
  author={Joseph A. Ranalli and Jacqueline M. Ritzko},
  journal={2013 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)},
Introductory engineering design courses are an opportunity to engage and encourage first-year engineering students. In one such course, we implemented a novel student design project using a commercial video game. The game, Kerbal Space Program, is a simulation of rocket travel and provides a reasonably realistic representation of rocket propulsion and orbital mechanics. Teams of students were tasked with designing a rocket that could fly to the home planet's moon and return safely. The efficacy… 

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