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ACS Courses

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Engineering3

Engineering3 is a conceptual engineering program in which students explore mechanical and electrical systems through fabrication and assemblies, design processes utilizing 3D modeling tools and control systems incorporating sensor interfacing, data collection, motion control and embedded logic programming. Rather than a traditional information-push class dynamic, Engineering3 provides a learning environment whereby students pull learning elements from various resources and develop advanced problem-solving skills and sub-levels of mastery in formal teachings of science and mathematics. By engaging students in the iterative process of problem formulation, abstraction, analysis, design, prototyping, testing and evaluating, Engineering3 expands student development beyond information concentricity and toward innovation and entrepreneurialism.

Engineering 1  (YR)                

Engineering 1 is the introductory course in the Engineering3 Program. In this first-year course students develop an engineer’s perspective of effective problem solving, engineering design, elementary data collection and analysis  while exploring fundamental mechanical engineering concepts:

A) Statics – objects in equilibrium                                       B) Dynamics – objects in acceleration

Two semesters, two credits, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course does not meet the core course requirements of the NCAA.

Engineering 2  (YR)  

Engineering 2 is the second year course in the Engineering3 Program. In Engineering 2 students continue to expand their engineer’s perspective of effective problem solving and engineering design while gaining new skills with the introduction of 3D CAD software, fabrication with rapid prototyping, and preliminary development of an advanced project that will carry over to Engineering 3. Our current focus is design and development of search and rescue robots. Robots provide a good tool for learning how to think in terms of systems integration. Adapting robots to the requirements of search and rescue lead students through significant mechanical challenges that expand their knowledge of static and dynamic behaviors (as well as control system challenges explored in Engineering 3).

Two semesters, two credits, open to juniors and seniors with instructor approval. This course does not meet the core course requirements of the NCAA.

Engineering 3  (YR)               

Engineering 3 is the third year of the Engineering3 Program. In Engineering 3 students will formalize their engineering habits of mind and engineer’s perspective of effective problem solving and engineering design, hone their CAD skills and improve parts design and fabrication processes, finalize mechanical performance of their small form factor robot, and experience an in-depth immersion into the world of data acquisition and processing related to robot control, both human operated and embedded. Those students/teams that successfully complete all curriculum objectives will be considered for placement on the RoboCup advanced research project and competition travel team.

Two semesters, two credits, open to seniors with instructor approval. This course does not meet the core course requirements of the NCAA.

 
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