CEEO INNOVATIONS

Learning Goals

The emphasis of this Introduction to Engineering course is around Engineering Design, highlighting creativity in engineering and celebrating solution diversity amongst students for solving engineering challenges.

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Getting to Know You
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As an introduction to the SPIKE Prime Technic building system, this first activity provides an opportunity for Dr. E to get to know his students while they are introduced to the various (non-robotic) parts within the kit and learn to build structurally stable builds. Students had a few days to work on their designs.
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Silly Walks
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As a first robotics (robot controlled movement) activity, this doesn’t require any programming and can be done just with the Default Program (Heart Function) on the SPIKE Prime Hub. This was done as an in-class activity over 1/2 hour.
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Biomimicry
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Creating engineering solutions that are inspired by biology requires careful analysis of the structure-function relationships found in nature. Students watched this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMtXqTmfta0) to learn about Biomimicry, and then each chose an animal to research. They studied the animal’s components that allow it to move, and then thought about how to recreate using the SPIKE Prime system. Replicating the movement with the robot could be done just using the Default Program (Heart Function) or, if students wanted to explore coding, some simple programming control. Students had one week to complete this assignment.
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Top Spinner
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After an in-class discussion of gears (gearing up, gearing down, and gear trains), students had 1/2 hour to design and implement their own top-spinners. This required a lot of time management to experiment with the gears but also build the top and launcher simultaneously. Some students calculated their gear ratios to understand, for each rotation of the motor, how fast their tops were spinning. An in-class competition determined whose top lasted spinning the longest. The Default Program (Heart Function) was used to control the motor and get the tops spinning.
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Spirograph Drawing Machine
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The goal of this activity was to explore mechanical movement and see what different kinds of geometric designs came out of their robotic systems. This also introduced simple intro to programming for basic motor control, since this (often) requires controlling the motors at different speeds. Students varied aspects of their system (arm length, motor speed, etc) to see how that affected the resulting drawn designs.
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Placemat Instructions Playlist
Dr. E's SPIKE Prime Class

Prof. Ethan Danahy (Dr. E) teaches a section of "Introduction to Engineering," a course for first-year university engineering students at Tufts University. This playlist of Placemat Instructions for SPIKE Prime showcase the sequence of activities he did during the Fall 2020 semester, as well as highlights some of his students solutions for each project.

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