During the workshop students will engage in a flexible lecture-lab sequence designed to guide the students through the process of using a computer-aided design (CAD) program to visualize and analyze the performance of a modern quad-copter using mathematical concepts as well as other hands-on engineering and robotics related projects. These activities will not only familiarize students with modern mathematical and engineering tools, but also with the standard form of a physical experiment and a technical report. Student learning will be focused on 4 main components:
- Opening, manipulating, and analyzing a 3D CAD model. Basic mathematical tools and will be used to analyze the model’s dimensions and estimate items such as the overall weight of the quad-copter or other items used in engineering classrooms.
- Measuring performance variables such as mass, position, speed, acceleration, and orientation.
- Analyzing the data collected from hands-on labs and comparing the results to theoretical calculations using mathematical concepts such basic math, algebra and others.
- Microsoft Office will be utilized to generate a simple report of the information that was gathered during the process of analyzing the CAD model and running the physical experiment.
Students will learn how to explain and assess what they learn through public speaking principles and critical thinking as a system.