Learning by doing: Scaled mechatronic prototypes in engineering education
Engineering education at university level mainly involves theoretical courses. At the best, internships provide the possibility to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in class. However, particular in the highly interdisciplinary field of mechatronics experimental experiences are required that can hardly be taught in class. For this reason, the Chair of Mechatronics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, augments the spectrum of teaching activities by specific projects involving scaled demonstrators and simulators. Therein, students get the chance to contribute with their final theses works in the field between advanced classes and research. Therefore, students get the chance to prepare for both starting scientific or industrial careers. In this contribution two sample student projects, one in the field of vehicle system technologies and one in the field of advanced robotics, are described.
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