Engineering Practice and Design Studio (EPADS) I is normally taken in the first semester of your freshmen year where you will be introduced to engineering and the engineering profession, the engineering design process, team development, communication skills, professionalism, ethics and problem solving methodologies.
EPADS I is divided into three major components:
Projectile motion is a commonly occurring situation, whether it be a golf ball struck by a club, the water leaving a water fountain, or an object thrown by a medieval weapon. For this project, working in teams of 2 or 3 students, you are required to design, build, and demonstrate a device that will propel a tennis ball toward a fixed target.
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The electronic component teaches basic concepts of electricity such as power, current, switches, and motor usage. Students learn to operate a simple YCP-designed robot using various types of video-game style controllers. As the module continues, students are exposed to the basic concepts of control theory, which they practice using an instructor-designed gantry system that tries to remain level at all times.
The final "event" of the module is a game-show style competition where teams of students have 150 seconds to get as many grams of steel weight from one end of the course to the other while following certain rules.