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Enabling non-engineers to use engineering tools: introducing product development to pupils using knowledge-integrating systems

Conrad, Jonas ; Fox, Stephan; Hofmann, Phyllis; Klahn, Christoph ORCID iD icon 1; Meboldt, Mirko
1 Institut für Mechanische Verfahrenstechnik und Mechanik (MVM), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Many engineering tasks are supported by tools based on innovative technologies. Powerful tools for computer aided design, simulations or programming permit a wide range of possibilities for engineers in solving complex problems. However, using these tools commonly requires extensive training or specific skills.

Specialized systems that enable tool and technology usage could support novices in solving engineering tasks using embedded knowledge, lowering the hurdle of expertise required for operation.

In the presented case study, knowledge-integrating systems inspired by knowledge-based engineering were developed to allow pupils to solve an engineering challenge without existing skills or prior training. To provide a realistic application context, a teaching module was developed, introducing high school students to product engineering in the form of a conceive-design-implement-operate experience with the learning goal to engage them in the STEM field. Solving the included engineering challenge required the creation, test and iteration of designs for laser cut and additive manufacturing, and code processing sensor signals for motor actuation.
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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000143734
Veröffentlicht am 15.03.2022
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Mechanische Verfahrenstechnik und Mechanik (MVM)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2212-8271
KITopen-ID: 1000143734
Erschienen in Procedia CIRP
Verlag Elsevier
Band 100
Seiten 265–270
Schlagwörter Engineering education; Design education; Technology enabling; Product development simulation
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