|In proceedings 2003 ASME IMECE Dyn. Sys. and Control Div., Washington DC,
|Using senior lab projects to develop prototypes of experiments in system dynamics and instrumentation
|Richard A. Layton
| Term projects in a senior-level, non-capstone, mechanical engineering lab
course are described in which student teams design, build, and test prototype experiments for future use in sophomore-
and junior-level courses in system dynamics and measurement. Project deliverables include the prototype apparatus and
courseware such as prelab exercises, lab instructions, and computer programs to be used by the students in the target
course. Three such projects are described. The purpose of this paper is to share the concept of using senior-level
projects to create prototypes for lower-level courses and to share the conceptual designs of the prototypes for possible
duplication and enhancement at other institutions. The projects are partially successful. The apparatuses are viable
and the learning objectives of the senior lab course are met but additional work is required before the experiments can
be used in the target lower-level courses.
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