First Year Engineering Projects

The purpose of this course is to provide first-year students with an introduction to engineering through a series of projects done in interdisciplinary teams. Students learn in a hands-on way valuable engineering skills including communication skills, how to function in teams, and a variety of computer tools as appropriate to their projects, such as programming microcontrollers, dynamic modeling software, or computer-aided design (CAD). Specific learning objectives for the course include (1) Open-ended Hands-on Design Experience; (2) Teamwork Skills; (3) Communication Skills; (4) Engineering Methodology; and (5) Engineering Ethics.