The flight vehicle design and fabrication course: Two decades of project-based learning at Penn State

Julia A. Cole, Mark D. Maughmer, Kathy J. Schmidt

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Abstract

In 1990 the Department of Aerospace Engineering of The Pennsylvania State University began offering an undergraduate course focusing on "hands-on" design and fabrication. Two decades later that course has become an established example of the benefits of projectcentered learning. The basic structure of the class has remained relatively unchanged, with students generally enrolling as freshman and remaining in the class until they graduate. While in the class, the students work on projects in both laboratory and design groups. These projects have historically focused on the design and fabrication of composite sailplanes, but efforts recently shifted to an entry into the Human-Powered Aircraft Kremer Competition, administrated by the Royal Aeronautical Society of Great Britain. In addition, for the past several years, a subgroup of the class has competed in the AIAA Student Design/Build/Fly (DBF) competition. Throughout the history of this course, students have experienced a deeper understanding in the theoretical constructs of aerospace engineering, developed leadership and teamwork skills, and gained invaluable hands-on experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference 2010, ATIO 2010
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference 2010, ATIO 2010 - Ft. Worth, TX, United States
Duration: Sep 13 2010Sep 15 2010

Publication series

Name10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference 2010, ATIO 2010
Volume2

Other

Other10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference 2010, ATIO 2010
CountryUnited States
CityFt. Worth, TX
Period9/13/109/15/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Cole, J. A., Maughmer, M. D., & Schmidt, K. J. (2010). The flight vehicle design and fabrication course: Two decades of project-based learning at Penn State. In 10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference 2010, ATIO 2010 (10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference 2010, ATIO 2010; Vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2010-9153