Making Connections Between Applications and Theory Through Energy in Fluid Power

Jose Garcia, Brittany Newell, Erika Bonnett, Jorge Leon-Quiroga
2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
Biography Dr. Jose Garcia has been involved in several local and statewide recruitment events, where he was able to develop short workshops in fluid power and STEM. He is also working on the development of a new generation of hydraulic components and systems that can operate using environmentally friendlier fluids. Dr. Garcia has plans to actively continue the development of practical teaching tools that bring industry applications to the classroom. Abstract This work presents the introduction
more » ... f an of activity designed to help students enrolled in a basic fluid power course for the second year of the Mechanical Engineering Technology at our University. The students reflect on their own learning experience of energy in the context of a fluid power class (hydraulics and pneumatics). This educational research project started with the initial goal of highlighting students' energy literacy, and the relevance of this topic with respect to the course materials. Initially, one course learning objective was selected, and the specific course topics related to that objective were identified. A specific in-class assignment was developed for the purpose of highlighting the connections between the class material and general energy concepts. The activity during class required the students to use the Bernoulli equation in a guided step by step process to estimate at the energy requirements in a hydraulic system. After this activity, the students were given a survey to provide their own perspective about their perceived knowledge about energy and how these activities were of importance to them in their career. A total of 86 students responded to the survey. Approximately 45% agreed this activity will be useful in their future career and 30% responded that this activity helped them increase their interest in the topic. This project is investigating how creating active learning tasks in fluid power classes allowed students to direct their learning and apply energy concept and theory based on actual experience working on focused problems. This work in progress article documents preliminary results from the first implementation of the activity and survey in a class. Data from later implementations into this and other courses will be reported in future articles.
doi:10.18260/1-2--33077 fatcat:3rk2l2lcenfhvbwcz2ngjvog7q