Mechatronics Education Using Robot Competition in Okayama University of Science

  • Akagi, Tetsuya ;
  • Fujimoto, Shinsaku ;
  • Kuno, Hiroaki ;
  • Araki, Keisuke ;
  • Yamada, Satoshi ;
  • Dohta, Shujiro
  • Received : 2009.12.04
  • Accepted : 2010.05.10
  • Published : 2010.05.31

Abstract

Electronics machines make daily human life more convenient and comfortable and try to ease burdens. When designing and manufacturing such mechatronic systems, the engineers need to have a wide range of knowledge. The purpose of our education is for students to learn to use mechatronic techniques. To realize our goal, we regard "an interest in creation" of our student as an important educational method. In this paper, we propose and try an educational method for mechatronics creation using "their interest". The method is to hold robot competitions between 1st and 3rd year students as a regular curriculum. In order to confirm the progress of our students in our engineering course, in the last year, some students entered the Rescue Robot Contest held in Kobe Japan. As a result, our student team got second place, a great honor considering it was our first attempt. We confirm that the robot competition is a useful method to make students study by themselves.

Keywords

Mechatronics Education;Robot Competitions;Interesting in Creation

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