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ERIC Number: EJ907357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Using Simulation to Introduce Engineering Concepts
Stier, Kenneth; Laingen, Mark
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v70 n3 p20-26 Nov 2010
Today's engineers and technologists are more frequently thrust into the role of problem solver. Some would argue that, if this is the case, then using simulation is a more acceptable way to educate students for the work environment they will enter. The authors wanted to introduce entry-level university students to advanced engineering concepts such as cellular manufacturing, pull systems, and small batch flow without overwhelming them. Several of these students were Technology Education majors. A simulation activity was used, since engineering technology students generally prefer more active, sensing, visual, and sequential learning. This activity allowed the students to see a comparison of the output from these production methodologies and see what improvements would occur as a result of changing from one methodology to another. Here, the authors explain the simulation activity and how it was used with Engineering Technology and Technology Education majors. (Contains 9 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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