Purdue Northwest’s NSF ATE – funded project, “Development of an Educational Wind Turbine Troubleshooting and Safety Simulator,” was the title subject for both the poster presented at, and technical paper now available from, the 126th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), held in Tampa, Florida, from June 16 – 19, 2019.
CIVS Associate Research Engineer Kyle Toth traveled to Tampa to represent PNW and the multi-educational institution project at the NSF Grantees Poster Session on Monday, June 17.
“Regarding our project and its latest results,” Toth said, “use of the current interactive training simulator (for community college wind energy technician training programs) has been shown to improve educational assessment scores, compared with traditional instruction alone. Data are still being collected and compiled, and we’re hoping to see further statistically significant score increases through simulator learning.
“There were a lot of innovative projects on display at the ASEE conference, and more than a few involved using simulation to improve learning—one in particular focused on simulation and automation activities to improve manufacturing learning.
“Another group was using inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles, or ‘drones,’ to advance engineering education among middle-school-aged students—and it looked like quite an engaging program.
“So if the quality of the surrounding projects and programs was any indication, we were in very elite company.”
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