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Proceedings of CAD'16, 2016, 311-315
Green Tricycle Design through Experiential Learning — An Open Courseware Enriching Engineering Curriculum and Entrepreneurship
Abstract. Aristotle once said, "For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them". In this paper, an open courseware that enriches engineering curriculum and entrepreneurship by designing a green tricycle through experiential learning is presented. Experiential learning is learning through reflection on doing, a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional classroom setting. A green tricycle, which provides short range transportation at low cost, powered by green energy and human power, is employed as a platform to empower students with the practice that brings their idea into reality. This courseware composed of ten lessons guides students to design, analyze, and fabricate prototypes of green tricycles using modern computer-aided technology; as well as develop business plans to bring their ideas into practice through entrepreneurial activity. Students will be able to use their laptops with the computer software tools to design the tricycle following the guidance of the courseware, and use the manufacturing facilities available to them to manufacture prototypes of the tricycle. In addition, a learning community is being created for students to learn from each other by discussing ideas, exchanging lessons learned, and sharing practical experiences.
Keywords. Experiential learning, green tricycle, open courseware