Teaching introductory electrical engineering: Project-based learning experience

Chi Un Lei, Hayden Kwok-Hay So, Edmund Y. Lam, Kenneth Kin Yip Wong, Ricky Yu Kwong Kwok, Cecilia K.Y. Chan

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Abstract

This paper presents an integration of a loosely defined design project in an introductory electrical engineering course. The proposed project aims to introduce first-year engineering students to the world of electrical engineering and develop their general engineering skills. Because of its innovative and unconventional nature, a Rube Goldberg machine has been used as the project vehicle. In the project, students have been asked to design the machine with electrical sensors and actuators. Connected learning and assessment activities have been designed to engage students in deep understanding. Students thought the project was challenging, and could develop their technical skills and creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2012
PagesH1B1-H1B5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event1st IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2012 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 20 Aug 201223 Aug 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2012

Conference

Conference1st IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2012
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period20/08/1223/08/12

Keywords

  • Rube Goldberg machine
  • electrical engineering education
  • introductory engineering
  • project-based learning

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