In this paper, we propose a concept of agile system development which was adapted for the direction of technology evolution. We show the practical use example of a 3D printer and an open source open hardware microcomputer in research education, a class, and an open lecture in National College of Technology, and report on the present situation about education of making things. As a result, it shows that the effect of this concept is high for education at research of the brain functional analysis, research of the environment control and measurement of a plant factory, a class and an open lecture for junior high school students.
We have developed a course that trains graduate students as embedded software engineers. It is important for students to learn how to learn software technologies. Because they evolve rapidly and become obsolescent quickly. The students learn how to collect and read technical references and how to develop software. So far, 36 graduate students have completed this course. In exit questionnaires, 29 of the 36 students viewed the course positively. The students who had negative opinions had low programming skills before attending this course. In future work, we will improve the course and student satisfaction by measuring and adapting course content to their skill levels.
Internships are becoming more and more important every year. In this paper, I propose a virtual internship training, and I have applied the virtual internship to an engineering design education for embedded systems. The merit of the proposal is that, in order to be able to implement it under the framework of a student experiment, there are few restrictions on the period of implementation, participant quota, training content and budget. In the virtual internship, each student takes on one of four roles: leader, sales, engineer or designer. In teams they develop an embedded system and compete to make the best one. From the results of a survey conducted among students who completed the engineering design education, the students gained a better understanding of the jobs in the virtual internship.
In the product development, the 3D printer has great advantage in rapid making of prototypes of industrial products, and in evaluating shape image of products quickly. In this paper, we explain about how to use the 3D printers in our education, and what is the problem in our education. We argue about the unification and differentiation of 3D printers with conventional working process. Furthermore, we consider how to use the 3D printers which is diversified in its performance and price. As the conclusion of this paper, it is clarified that excessive strength or excessive preciseness of work products may not be required for 3D printers in educational use, and that usage of 3D printers in educational scene may be limited to learn the basic of mechanical engineering.
We have taught the mathematics depending on the degree of achievement of the student about ten years. Furthermore, we devised a new class design, in order to attain a more result. The characteristic of a new class design is preparations for lessons and a review. We imposed lessons and review to the student who is weak in mathematics. The charge is the high-school teacher that collaboration between university and high-school. From the evaluation, this design is likely to be useful in understanding class.
In Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) , students are taking a lecture on Creative Experiment as a basic practical skill subject. The aim is the training of independently acting and thinking individuals. Attendance students devise an experiment theme themselves and are designing the experiment for measuring the factor which influences a phenomenon. In this report, the instance for which a student utilized patent information as references in the design of an experiment is introduced, and it discusses about the literature information which a teacher should show to students further.
In the process of research of machine design textbooks in Far East Asian countries, the authors surveyed opinions of university students in Japan, China and Korea. Though students do not compare engineering textbooks from other countries, they express both positive and negative opinions about the qualities of textbooks often reflecting social situations (their job prospects, industrial policy, etc.) . Korean students using large volume textbooks want simple but comprehensive explanations. Chinese students using practical textbooks attach an importance to practicality and use in future. Japanese student using compact textbooks attach an importance to comprehensive and detailed explanations. Japanese university students have a higher psychological barrier to employ engineering textbooks written in English, than students of other countries.
The knowledge of ecology is essential for young people that should protect the global environment from now on. Under the above background, Kanagawa Institute of Technology (hereafter KAIT) has carried out the cross-sectional education of faculty and department under the ecological theme since 2009. This program called “Stop the CO2 Project” is opened to all students of KAIT and is carried out by KAIT staff that agrees to its aims. 4 years passed since the start. This paper summarized the outcome of 4 years activity from the both sides of students and staff. As a result, it was found what the successful and unsuccessful matters are in this program’ s aim and that there are some new unexpected problems.
Our competitive edge is built upon innovation - and innovation requires talented, well-trained engineers. Therefore, engineering education must be helping students acquire the innovative mindset and skills. In order to construct an effective engineering education, we need to help students find their possibilities from their activities. The purpose of this study is to clarify the abilities of the university students’ starting job hunting, thereafter ; we define “carrier potential” by seeking the difference between student who can find their work and students who cannot find. In furtherance of this purpose, we mentioned a relationship between students’ carrier finding and “self-affirmation” .