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Serious Gaming For Aerospace Engineering Design: Exploring Learning Potential And Students’ Readiness

Publication Type : Conference Proceedings

Publisher : American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, USA.

Source : American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, USA.

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Campus : Amritapuri

School : School for Sustainable Futures

Year : 2009

Abstract : Serious Gaming for Aerospace Engineering Design: Exploring Learning Potential and Students' Readiness Introduction Engineering design involves generating original ideas and transforming them into innovations. This process of formulating ideas and expanding them is not done in a vacuum. The ideas come from careful listening to customers’ needs and awareness of current technologies and understanding governing principles to identifying appropriate conceptual design alternatives. Developing this talent in engineering students involves engaging them in various design challenges that are solved through collaboration with team members. Project-based and challenge-based instruction are excellent instructional methods for organizing these kinds of learning experiences. An Aerospace Engineering Design course has blended project-based learning experiences into the traditional sequence of lectures and homework instructional design. Prior evaluations of this course demonstrate that students find this approach compelling and vital to their learning because it replicates experiences they anticipate having in their career. However, the experiences are still too artificial. Students report frustration when they know they need information, but the source of this information does not come until lectures scheduled much later in the course. Also, the instructor would like more detail of the quantity and quality of a team’s interactions. The advancement of technology and what is known about principles of serious games suggest a course like this could be enhanced if it were implemented as a serious game.1 Our research team is transforming an introductory aerospace design course into a multiplayer on-line serious game in an effort to target learning goals beyond our current course implementation. This paper explores the rationale and potential for this conjecture. In addition, we recognize the success of this project depends on learners’ willingness to use technology and learn with technology. In particular, what is their readiness to participate in a serious gaming environment? We begin with a brief description of the current course and how we are transforming it into the game play in the serious game. Next, we provide a brief description of learning theory guiding our design decision for the gaming experience. Finally, we share results from an initial study to evaluate students’ use of technology and their willingness to use various technologies for learning. We end with future directions for using serious games for engineering design courses. Current Course The current course introduces second year undergraduate engineering students to principles of design and analysis of aeronautic vehicles. The course presents the fundamentals of Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering (AAE) through a course project presented as a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a client. These fundamentals include aircraft and spacecraft anatomy, propulsion, aerodynamics, stability and control, orbital mechanics, vehicle sizing and cost estimate / analysis. The course culminates in a design project, which gives students the opportunity to apply their new aerospace design

Cite this Research Publication : Velankar, Y. P., Brophy, S. P., Okutsu, M., & Delaurentis, D. (2009). Serious Gaming for Aerospace Engineering Design: Exploring Learning Potential and Students’ Readiness. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, USA.

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