Scaffolding "Making" to Build Confidence in Prototyping Mechatronic Designs, by Timothy Reissman
The mechatronics course was designed to replace the traditional Electrical Circuits course, as the former was historically one of the lowest rated in the curriculum. The new course is now consistently one of the highest rated! A major goal of this curriculum revision is to see students demonstrating elements of the course (especially prototyping mechatronic designs) in subsequent courses, such as required courses like experimentation, capstone, or elective courses within the minors. To facilitate that the making lessons extend beyond the course, each student purchases a Mechatronics kit in lieu of a textbook. All materials, including interactive videos, are provided through the course website.