Title: The Ohio State Honors Robotics Project Through Educational Research Lenses
Kathleen A. Harper, Department of Engineering Education, The Ohio State University
Abstract: The Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors program at The Ohio State University was developed so that first-year students contemplating engineering could solidify their understanding of what engineering is, the kinds of activities engineers engage in, and the elements of engineering design. In the second semester, the most popular course option is the design-and-build robotics course. The class has been developed to give students a fairly complete picture of an engineering project, including planning, budgeting, documentation, and of course the technical aspects of designing, programming, constructing, and testing a robot. This project, which has been around for more than 20 years, has a tradition of incorporating educational research, both by basing course refinements on results in the literature and also by assessing the impact of course modifications on the student and teaching assistant experiences. This presentation will give an overview of the project and provide multiple examples of how educational research has guided the development of the course.