EGR 100, Introduction to Engineering Design, is a college-level course required of all incoming first-year engineering students. It is an integral part of the CoRe (Cornerstone and Residential) Experience. The course introduces students to the engineering profession and the engineering design process through team-based, interdisciplinary design projects and assignments. There are 693 students enrolled in EGR 100 this semester.
For the final course project the student teams of EGR 100 could choose from two projects (i) solar water heater design and (ii) Lego Mindstorm Competition. For the first choice the students had to design, build and test a solar water heater that will successfully increase the temperature of a given volume of water in a fixed time (5 minutes). The prototypes were to fit within a specified test fixture containing the water reservoirs and connection ports. The second choice required the students to build and program an autonomous robot that competes simultaneously against other robots to gather high-scoring, colored balls. Points were awarded to teams based upon the values of the balls in the team’s goal area at the end of the competition. At the Design Day the teams will display a poster detailing their concepts. Precollege students will recognize the most outstanding project with awards.
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