Campbell School of Engineering incorporates a hands-on, project-based approach to engineering education. Our First-Year Design Sequence, ENGR 120 and 121, includes four separate projects, culminating with an open-ended first-year design project. Students learn the complete engineering design process, including a variety of professional engineering design tools such as formal brainstorming techniques, decision matrices, morphological charts, Gantt charts and competitive benchmarking. Each team of 3-4 students develops a working prototype, detailed poster and presentation.
In our ENGR 121 – Foundations of Engineering Design II class, student teams use professional engineering design techniques to design and fabricate prototype solutions for problems they select. The projects pan a wide range of topics and outcomes, but are always highly educational and relevant.
Past projects have included:
- cooling backpack
- urban beehive designs
- solar cell-phone charger
- motion-activated pet water fountain
- robust kayak cart
- non-tipping pool koozie
- no-spill automobile cup holder
- cell phone case for boats, with cooling/solar charging/moisture-proof features
- solar-powered toolbox with electrical outlets
- hand drill safety sleeve
- logo-imprinting toaster
- retractable car roof for rain protection when entering/exiting a vehicle
The First-Year Design Expo provides an opportunity for regional employers, industry representatives, parents and the larger campus community to view Campbell Engineering majors’ impressive first-year capstone projects.