Project-based learning is an instructional method in which students learn a range of skills and subject matter in the process of creating their own projects. Sometimes, these projects are solutions to a real-world problem. But what is most important in project-based learning is that students learn in the process of making something. They work in groups and bring their own experiences, abilities, learning styles and perspectives to the project.
The following list of project-based learning modules were developed using CDIO theories where students worked through conceive, design, implement and operate stages.
Flight Vehicle and Aircraft Systems Engineering Project
Develop a flight vehicle that will serve as an airborne sensing platform for high precision antenna calibration. This is a year long (2 semesters) class.
NASA Rocket Project
Students conceive, design, and build (implement) Estes Model rockets and launch (operate) them with the goal of launching the most massive payload possible to 300ft at minimal cost. This project spans approximately 1 month and is the primary design project for the course.
- Download Rocket Project (pdf)
- Download Rocket Mission (US) (pdf)
- Download Rocket Mission (Europe) (pdf)
- Download Rocket Engine Test (pdf)
- Download Rocket Wind Test (pdf)
- Download Rocket Spec Sheet (pdf)
- Download Rocket Report Format (pdf)
- Download Student Example of Rocket Project (pdf)
Groups of 5 to 13 design and fabricate a skyscraper capable of sustaining a load. Variable aspects of the project include but are not limited to an allocated budget, capability of the structure to handle an “earthquake,” the use of the budget to purchase real estate and intergroup communication. This project is targeted for first and second year engineering students. With variations, it can be used for third year students as well.