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To complement the traditional undergraduate lecture-based power electronics course material, the University of Canterbury has introduced a design and build assignment which focuses on motor control and the issues of interfacing to the mechanical world. Stimulation of the students' interest is achieved by using electric go-carts and holding a series of performance trials which pit teams of students against each other. Each team mark is assessed through a laboratory inspection, a written report, a peer assessment mark and an outdoor trial. As well as stimulating the students' interest in power electronics, this assignment provides them with a range of “real world” practical design experience.
Date of Conference: 5-8 Dec. 2010