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The Measure of the Machine: How Exposure to Current Technology Can Upgrade a Student’s Education

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Robert Conger, Amanda Blum, Paul A. Erickson

University of California at Davis

Paper No. IMECE2004-60077, pp. 67-73; 7 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Computers and Information in Engineering
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4704-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Over the past decade there has been a distinct trend toward implementing computer technology in education. The advent of affordable, student accessible computing power has allowed engineering curricula to follow the trends of computer technology in the engineering workplace. The developments in hardware and software, combined with the explosive entrance of the Internet, have allowed design projects to evolve into elaborate and imaginative endeavors. The enhanced speed at which projects can now be completed allows students the opportunity to undertake tasks of greater magnitude, while the advanced tools now available permit students to solve more sophisticated and lifelike problems. The examination of a senior-level design course, in which students must design and build a maze-solving robot, serves to highlight the educational benefits that stand to be gained through the judicious application of technology. The evolutionary history of this design course demonstrates the remarkable progress that computer technology has allowed in educational settings.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Machinery , Education



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