Integrating formula student into design education – bridging the gap between theory and practice

DS 76: Proceedings of E&PDE 2013, the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Dublin, Ireland, 05-06.09.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: John Lawlor, Ger Reilly, Robert Simpson, Michael Ring, Ahmed Kovacevic, Mark McGrath, William Ion, David Tormey, Erik Bohemia, Chris McMahon, Brian Parkinson
Author: Dohr, Fabio; Vielhaber, Michael
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Saarland University, Germany
Section: Projects
Page(s): 344-349
ISBN: 978-1-904670-42-1


Design methodology is a rather abstract, yet very important, aspect of engineering design. This leads to the acceptance of such topics in education being rather low among students. The combination of theoretical contents and practical courses is a very promising approach to learning how to benefit from the use of design methodology and thus being able to estimate it. In this paper a concept is presented on how such a combination of theory and practice can be realized. It is based on the integration of student competitions – in particular Formula Student – into different courses of engineering design education ranging from examples in lectures to development projects in practical courses. Apart from these aspects students are being motivated to participate in student competitions and learn to apply a structured development process and appropriate methods in their daily work.

Keywords: Design education, Formula Student, theory and practice


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