In our college, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Science focuses on the education for electronics engineers, therefore we have continuously improved student experiments by the method of small groups experiment. The student experiences the input and output using the general-purpose IO port, serial communication by UART and LCD indication with dsPIC. Therefore we introduced an engineering experiment processing the real-time digital signal with the microcomputer for the purpose of understanding digital signal processing still more. In this study, we report the result of the attempts to digital signal processing using the dsPIC micro processor.
Disparity of academic achievement in students seems to be bigger as the students are promoted in recent years. Since the students don’ t acquire basic academic skills of mathematics sufficiently in junior high school, they find difficulty to understand mathematics for the lower students. Then the lack of understanding makes the disparity of academic achievement in students. This paper reports a project to progress in basic academic skills of mathematics for the lower students. This project is realized refresher instruction of mathematics that students have studied before. Teachers implement from development of teaching materials to planning and direction for this project consistently. A regularly scheduled test and questionnaire research demonstrate that the project is effective for progressing in basic mathematical skills.
This paper discusses models for the development of an educational program for technology management in a liberal arts curriculum at the undergraduate level, and analyses and evaluates the attitude changes of the learners who complete the program in 2014 and 2016. The programs developed are based on the concept of fusing technology management and career design. In this program, students learn mechanisms to promote novel value creation activities, select an industry and vocation that capitalizes on their own abilities, and cultivate the ability to create precise motivations through self-management and industry/company research. Some models are proposed and applied in the development of an educational program within the liberal arts program at Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan.
Space development is becoming increasingly important and prepared engineers are required. Engaging, hands-on learning experiences are needed to foster students’ skills. We had an opportunity to hold a CanSat (a Can-sized Satellite) Production Course and CanSat Contest for KOSEN students. Using a CanSat kit, students made CanSats during the production course and competed with each other at the CanSat contest. Although most students had no such previous experience, they succeeded producing satellites and experimenting with them. Students were engaged in satellite development and attained new space technology skills. The successive production course and contest for CanSat is promising theme for project based learning.
The Nuclear Energy Management School (NEMS) developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was introduced in Japan in 2012 and has been annually held since then. The Japanese organizers conducted surveys to assess the educational effects of the annual NEMS in Japan so that three-week school program will be improved. The results of the surveys show that the balance and the quality of the lectures have steadily improved through close communication between lecturers and program coordinators in the preparatory stage. Case studies were effective educational tools for the school participants to understand how nuclear energy management policies taught during the school are practiced in the nuclear sector in reality. The orientation and homework prior to the school and the combination of lectures and assignment during the program can largely contribute to improve the participants’ sense of accomplishment.
The practical skills raise theoretical understanding and becomes adaptable fighting potential. However, there are few classes of the practical skills in the curriculum of the university. I have introduced many practical skills into a classroom lecture. The ratio of practical skill is the same as a theory. I call this education the hybrid education of a theory and the practical skills. As a result of this education, more than 85% of students answered it that this education was good. An advantage of this education is to be able to increase the time for practical skills without spending the time for engineering experiment. The contents of this report describe the education technique of this hybrid education and an education result.
Utsunomiya University launched an incubation program “iP-U,” supported by Global Science Campus program of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), for high school students who wished to engage in the field of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). The iP-U curriculum is designed to (1) provide incubation for a wide range of science professionals, (2) lead students to achieve a high caliber in their field of interest rather than start specialized education at a lower grade, and (3) use coaching communication rather than teaching. From 134 applicants, 75 students were selected in the summer of 2015, and 71 finished the course in April 2016. This study presents a report on the concept, the curriculum, and the progress of iP-U.
Stress intensity factor as strength evaluation parameters of the component having a crack was proposed and has been used widely. While it is important to obtain a knowledge of the stress intensity factor, there are students who are not good at getting the knowledge in the classroom. In order to understand the physical meaning of the stress intensity factor, it is desirable to experience the experiment of the fracture. In the present study, we developed educational materials about the tensile test of graph paper with a crack, and conducted a stress analysis using FEM software. By using the newly developed educational materials, it is considered to be easier for students to understand the physical meaning of the stress intensity factor.
In higher education institutions such as universities and colleges of technology, practical and theoretical education of semiconductor devices is required. Therefore, we introduce a silicon (Si) solar cell fabrication into student experiment to make them understand the pn junction as a basis of semiconductor devices. Furthermore, spectral response characteristic measurement using light emitting diodes (LED) and energy conversion efficiency simulation of the solar cell are introduced into the student experiment to make them understand the relation between light energy and energy band gap, and the function of minority carriers. We verify the effectiveness of introducing these experiments by conducting examination and questionnaire before and after the experiment.