Intro to Engineering & Drones
Integrating Parrot Mambos into the existing curriculum
What is Engineering?
The profession in which knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences, gained by study, experience, and practices, is applied with judgement to develop ways to use, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind. Let us simplify this a bit. Engineering is about using natural materials and forces for the good of humankind. “The majority of Engineering practiced is in a collaborative environment”-Professor Steven Fowler.
Introduction-Integrate a more modern problem while still utilizing traditional Engineering problem solving practices. Utilize existing course structure and adding the Drones into already developed curriculum.
Final Projects with Mambo Drones
For the Final Project the level of the Drone Project needs to meet the level of the class.
Professor Fowler’s Objectives-Expose students to
• Flying/Piloting a Drone
• Drone Safety
• Payload Safety
• On Board Sensor
• Team Work
• Project Management
• Apply Basic Engineering Practices
1. Define the Problem
2. Gain knowledge about the problem and previous solutions
3. Synthesize (brainstorming) and generate ideas for solutions
4. Select the best solution
5. Test prototype
Students Objective-Design and build a structure that will allow a Parrot Mambo Drone to transport two US quarters through a very simple obstacle course in a short time frame. Structures need to be designed to easily accept quarters from someone not familiar with its design.
• Structure & Drone must weigh under 250 grams (payload approx. 40 grams)
• Structure must not exceed weight of 45 grams
• Budget of no more than $20.00 Replacement costs must be included for “donated” materials If using 3-D printed parts from the Digital Prototyping Center Professor Fowler or the STEM Lab Technician will give the team an estimate of cost for the parts to add to the teams budget
• Team responsible for their own CAD work The Digital Prototyping Center can 3-D print parts with at least three business days of notice
• The entire quarter can be no further than 0.5 inches above the ground when the Drone is at rest.
• Teams must use one of the provided Parrot Mambo Drones and Batteries
• Teams will designate one of their members as the pilot for their Drone
• A max inclination (pitch) angle of 5 degrees will be set for the Drone
• Each team will have a max of 3 minutes to complete the obstacle course and safely land their Drone and structure in the landing zone
• Drones and structures cannot harm/damage Rose State College property, students, or faculty
• Drones, structures, and quarters must start within the designated starting zone
• Drones, structures, and quarters must land within the designated landing zone
After the quarters are placed in the structure, team members may not touch the quarters, the Drone, or their structure until after the Drone, structure, and quarters have landed in the finish-landing zone and the propellers have stopped spinning. The Drones with structures attached will move two quarters from the starting position through two hoops (90-degree turn) and land in entirety in the landing zone.
Goals-Professor Fowler’s goals are to give students real world experiences. Again, most Engineering is done in a collaborative environment.
Conclusion-Professor Fowler learned commercial products and practices (3-D Printing) have become more readily available to private citizens. He also observed students were lacking more in Drone experience than CAD and 3-D printing. He also learned the students had the biggest issue with the sensors on the bottom of the Mambos.
Professor Fowler will continue this project and similar projects in future classes.