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Mechanical dissection bridging the gap between the theoretical and physical world

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1 Author(s)
A. Eggert ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Wisconsin Univ., Madison, WI

Engineering education has received criticism recently from industry, professors, and the students themselves as offering too few `hands-on' courses and failing to link engineering theory to `real-world' systems and equipment. Mechanical Dissection is a class that bridges the gap between `hands-on' and `textbook' learning. By having students dissect and analyze mechanical equipment, the class connects the students' engineering knowledge to the physical realities of the equipment. A comprehensive engineering educational program has a responsibility to prepare students by providing them with both a strong theoretical base and practical experience. The success of Mechanical Dissection is a step in the right direction towards a more balanced educational program

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 1996. FIE '96. 26th Annual Conference., Proceedings of  (Volume:3 )

Date of Conference:

6-9 Nov 1996