Infusion of Art into Freshman Engineering Design

  • June 25, 2012
  • By a2ru      
This class is part of two larger freshman bridge summer programs offered by the University of Florida College of Engineering.


 

This class, part of two larger freshman bridge summer programs offered by the University of Florida College of Engineering, is designed to increase the retention of students in engineering during their first year of enrollment. The design component of these programs consists of a three-credit hour class that combines both lecture and hand-on methods of teaching in a team-based environment. Using LEGO Mindstorm NXT kits, this class offers surplus to traditional engineering design classes by exposing students to design objectives of not only performance and economics but also sustainability and aesthetics. In collaboration with the University’s Harn Museum of Art, students are introduced to art analysis, a method of evaluating art pieces from diverse world cultures, and students then translate this method directly to engineering design. The class culminates in a competition during which the student teams’ designs are judged on various criteria including aesthetics.