Project experience of First year students @JKLU admitted in 2018

Posted on April 10, 2019

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Author:  Sanjay Goel

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At JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur, we are reimagining engineering education process. A huge emphasis is being placed on students projects.   It is well established that the best way to learn is by doing and reflecting upon and during “doing.”  Hence, the best way to learn engineering is by practising engineering which means by building prototypes of different kinds of artefacts.  As the the new approach at JKLU,  in the first year itself,  each BTech student admitted in 2018 has already worked on more than 10 projects. They all have conceptualised, built, tested, and demonstarted the prototypes of the following artefacts (in the form of hardware/software as required by the project) in 1st and 2nd semseter:

1st Sem:
1. Truss Bridge Prototypes (using ice cream sticks): different groups worked on different kind of truss bridges and tested the design for its strength with real load. They used concepts of applied mechanics for designing and analysis of their prototypes.
2. Coracle Prototype (using iron wire, paper, plastic, cardboard, thermocol, etc.): different groups worked on different kind of coracles and tested the design for balance in water. They used concepts of calculus and applied mechanics concepts for designing and analysis of their prototypes.
3. Cannon Prototype (using wood, plastic, spring, thread, etc.): different groups worked on different kind of cannons and demonstrated their prototypes. They used concepts of differential calculus and applied mechanics for designing and analysis of their prototypes.
4. Stairclimb cart prototype for elderly and physically challenged (using wood, metal, theormocoal, mdf sheet, sheet metal, scrap material from workshop, Autocad, motor, etc.): They build dfifferent kind of carts. They used concepts of design thinking, prototyping and workshop practices.
2nd Sem:
1. DC Power supply (using diode, trasnformer, voltage regulator ic): different groups worked on different kind of DC power supplies of 9 or 5 volts and tested the design with real load. They used concepts of circuit theory.
2. Material handling system (using DC motors, gears, belt, pulley, thread, their own DC power supply): different groups worked on different kind of systems like crane, forklift, conveyor belts, etc. and tested the design with real load. They used concepts of control theory.
3. Digital counter (using 7 segment display, and ounter IC): They used concepts of combinational and sequential logic.
4. Data Acquisition System (using temperature anmd touch sensor and Arduino board with ATmega 328 microcontroller): They are using concepts of embedded C programming.
5. Python program for team ranking using concepts of Linear Algebra.
6. Python program for Data Analysis of 13 different data sets related SDGs using concepts of statistics, linear algebra and environmental studies.
7. Laser security system/Counting system/Solar cencentrator/Solar Tracker/Automatic streetlight/Tesla Coil/Vacuum cleaner/etc.,  appyling different concepts of physics.
In addition, they have work on several assignments also. Focus has been on integrating the theoretical knowledge with real life applications, integrating maths with engineering, integrating maths with programming, integraing engineering with soietal needs. and also on working on teams.
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