Eco-car: A perfect vehicle for technical design teaching?

Buck, Lyndon, McLening, Christian and Burgess, Jonathan (2014) Eco-car: A perfect vehicle for technical design teaching? In: International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 4-5 September 2014, University of Twente, The Netherlands.

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Design methods and tools are generally best learned and developed experientially [1]. Finding appropriate vehicles for delivering these to students is becoming increasingly challenging, especially when considering only those that will enthuse, intrigue and inspire. This paper traces the development of different eco-car design and build projects which competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon. The cars provided opportunities for experiential learning through a formal learning cycle of CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) or the more traditional understand, explore, create, validate, with both teams developing a functional finished prototype. Lessons learned were applied through the design of a third and fourth eco-car using experimental techniques with bio-composites, combining the knowledge of fibre reinforced composite materials and adhesives with the plywood construction techniques of the two teams. The paper discusses the importance of applying materials and techniques to a real world problem. It will also explore how eco-car and comparing traditional materials and construction techniques with high tech composite materials is an ideal teaching, learning and assessment vehicle for technical design techniques.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: CDIO, curriculum alignment, collaborative working, experiential learning
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 15:14
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2018 15:19

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