The global pandemic has lasted so long, it's hard to remember what life before COVID-19 looked like. But Paul Ronney and Geoff Spedding, professors in the USC Viterbi Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME), used blueprints of in person coursework to help redesign their introductory courses to help freshman engaged in hands-on engineering problems and learn troubleshooting, resilience and team work.
PHOTO/ ANUSHKA TAHILIANI.
In AME 101 (Introduction to Mechanical Engineering and Graphics), Ronney helped students do exactly that by using virtual lectures as a launch pad to group projects that required hands-on application of engineering principles. Students worked on two key projects in the fall 2020 semester, including Arduino robot cars, which use an open source programming platform to operate, and 3D printed bridge design.
Students also worked on Arduino robot cars in groups and submitted projects in various categories, including freestyle. One team had their car "swim" a relay, while others had their cars perform choreographed dances.
See below for one team's Arduino robot car rendition of the Cha Cha Slide.
PHOTO/THOMAS BULOW, TAYLOR FORD, KAITLYN KUMAR, YUJIN LEE JR., MATT LUONGO.