A lab-in-a-box project on mechatronics

W.B.J. Hakvoort, A. de Boer, J.T. van der Veen

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A maker project is combined with theoretic courses on dynamics and control to an integrated module on mechatronics. The combination of theory and practice aims at enhancing student motivation and learning. However, a maker project with a full design cycle (design, realisation and testing) is challenging from an organisational and financial perspective, particularly for large numbers of students. This paper considers the design of a maker project and supporting hardware to enable to overcome these issues. The project follows a structured design cycle to be time efficient. The hardware consists of a lab-in-a-box with reusable standard components and easy-to-produce custom design components. This allows fast realisation at low cost, while offering substantial freedom of design. The results of a student questionnaire show improvement of the student appreciation and report grades show improved learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngaging, Engineering, Education
Subtitle of host publicationBook of Abstracts, SEFI 48th Annual Conference University of Twente (online), 20-24 September, 2020
EditorsJan van der Veen, Natascha van Hattum-Janssen, Hannu-Matti Järvinen, Tinne de Laet, Ineke ten Dam
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-87352-020-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event48th SEFI Annual Conference on Engineering Education, SEFI 2020 - Online, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Sept 202024 Sept 2020
Conference number: 48


Conference48th SEFI Annual Conference on Engineering Education, SEFI 2020
Abbreviated titleSEFI 2020
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  • Maker projects
  • Mechatronics
  • Practicals
  • Control

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