Enhancing Electrical Engineering Learning through Model-Making Skills and Material Exploration Applied in Design (77807)

Session Information: Teaching and Learning
Session Chair: Chia-Chan Chang

Saturday, 25 May 2024 10:45
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Training in model making and material exploration holds significant importance within design education. However, Electrical Engineering (EE) education often lacks sufficient opportunities for such experiences. While hands-on experience is equally valuable for EE students, considering the electronic performance, the availability of electronic components and materials is often limited. Nowadays, EE students rely heavily on software simulation during the design process, but it's believed that constructing physical models using various materials can further aid students in visualizing knowledge. This paper aims to share practical teaching experiences, demonstrating how model-making skills and material exploration can be integrated into EE graduate school classrooms. In the first case, students are tasked with designing electromagnetic wave stealth objects. They are encouraged to engage in self-learning to discover geometric structures that can reduce wave backscattering and then to create physical models to verify their properties. In the second case, students are challenged to design antennas using various materials. This integration allows students to develop comprehensive conceptualization and planning skills through model-making, encouraging them to unleash their full potential for imagination and creativity. Furthermore, by exploring and analyzing various materials in their daily lives, students are encouraged to break free from conventional material constraints. The process of hands-on practice translates their designs into tangible realities, yet it still requires a return to the essence of the project. The outcome must undergo scrutiny through electronic characteristic measurements. This journey is fun, engaging, and profoundly educational, cultivating EE students' professional knowledge and elevating their creative aptitude.

Chia-Chan Chang, National Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan
Dengchuan Cai, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Chia-Chan Chang is a University Doctoral Student at National Chung-Cheng University / National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00