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Design of an Open Platform for Multi-Disciplinary Approach in Project-Based Learning of an EPICS Class

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Department of Mechatronics Engineering, HCMC University of Technology, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
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Department of Industrial Systems Engineering, HCMC University of Technology, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
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Electronics 2019, 8(2), 200; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8020200
Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 27 January 2019 / Accepted: 3 February 2019 / Published: 10 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Open-Source Electronics Platforms: Development and Applications)
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Abstract

Nowadays, global engineers need to be equipped with professional skills and knowledge to solve 21st century problems. The educational program, created in digital learning rooms of the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) program supported by Arizona State University, became a pioneer in teaching learners to work within the community. First, the combination of a novel instructional strategy and an integrated education in which project-based approach is employed to apply the technical knowledge. During this, students in mechatronics, computer science, and mechanics must collaborate with peers from industrial systems engineering. Second, in this paper, the design of an open structure connecting multi-disciplinary major is illustrated with a new teaching approach. It is proved to be better by combining specialized understandings of various types in a wide range of applications. From this basis support, participants could implement additional components quickly while keeping the cost low, making the products feasible and user-friendly. Last but not least, students are facilitated with a free library that helps to control simply despite lacking experience in robotics or automation. Several examples show that students are capable of developing things by themselves on open design. In brief, this platform might be an excellent tool to teach and visualize the practical scenario in a multi-disciplinary field. View Full-Text
Keywords: service learning; robotics; open platform; automated vehicle; EPICS service learning; robotics; open platform; automated vehicle; EPICS
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