A Progressively Advancing Curriculum for Robotics Education – The Case of Toin University of Yokohama –
Yasuo Hayashibara, Takeshi Agui, Takahiro Ito,
Motoyoshi Ohaba, Eiji Koyanagi, Toshiharu Sekine,
Masaaki Takeuchi, and Seishi Kudo
Toin University of Yokohama, 1614 Kurogane-cho, Aoba-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 225-8502, Japan
We detail an educational program implemented at Toin University of Yokohama in which lab and workshop courses on automated mechanics, from basics to applications, are offered consecutively during the first three undergraduate years. Engineering is a discipline concerned with practical real-world problems, but students rarely have the chance to gain enough practical experience to effectively understanding engineering. At our department, first- to third-year students may take several hands-on courses for fabricating machines – first-year students build an automatic mobile machine, second-year students write computer programs to control the position of a robot, and some third-year students design and fabricate an entire robot from the bottom up. An elective course on robot fabrication enables students to choose individual theme. Students experience failures and discover better ways by trial and error through these processes.
-  Y. Hayashibara, T. Hayashi, T. Agui, T. Sekine, S. Kudo, M. Kato, M. Ohaba, and M. Takeuchi, “Education of Engineering through Making Automatic Machines –A case of Toin University of Yokohama–,” In Proc. 2000 JSME Conf. on Robotics and Mechatronics (ROBOMEC’00), 1P1-81-133, 2000.
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