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 Cornerstone Engineering and Residential Experience (CoRe) programs. The course introduces students to the engineering profession and the engineering design process through team-based, interdisciplinary design projects and assignments. Nearly 400 students are enrolled in EGR 100 this semester.
For the final course project, the student teams selected from three project types: (i) solar water heater design, (ii) Lego® Mindstorms® competition and (iii) MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) design. For the first choice, the student teams were to design, build and test a solar water heater that would successfully increase the temperature of a given volume of water in a fixed time. 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. The third project type had student teams work with RCPD clients to design and build working prototypes to assist them in daily activities. Teams from each of the three project types will display their prototypes at Design Day along with a poster detailing their design concepts. Pre-college students will recognize the most outstanding projects with awards.