Project 1: Batch Mix System for Polyisocyanurate Foam Insulation
The purpose of this project is to incorporate employability skills (teamwork, problem solving, verbal communication, written communication, dependability/work ethic, and planning and organizing skills) into activities that are related to the creation of a control program and application of design methodology.
This project presents an open-ended design problem that requires students to examine previously learned programming constructs. The project utilizes a formal problem-solving methodology called IDEAL and makes extensive use of reflective writing, wherein students monitor their own project results, compare them to that of their peers, then analyze and adjust their own learning process.
This project is divided into three main activity sessions:
Activity Session 1: Project introduction and kick-off, distribution of materials, formal instruction on problem-solving, planning, and reflective writing. Duration: 30 minutes. Note that these activities could also be done completely asynchronously using a learning management system (LMS).
Activity Session 2: During this session students break into small groups for in-class discussions of their IDE Mind Maps and Second Round Student Action Plans. Following the discussion, students may choose to revise their Mind Map, Action Plan, and Flow Chart and resubmit them, either at the end of the discussion or after class using the LMS. All students write and submit their IDE Stage Reflective Thought Questions during this session. Duration: 50-60 minutes.
Activity Session 3: During this session students present their 3-minute My Solution Oral Presentations. Duration is as needed for all students to present.
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