2023 Engineering Literacy I b

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School of Engineering
Endo Gen  Nakanishi Hiroki  Maeda Shingo  Mizutani Yoshihiro  Akasaka Hiroki  Hijikata Wataru  Matsushita Shintaro  Takayama Toshio  Takahashi Hideharu  Nabae Hiroyuki  Kodama Manabu 
Class Format
Lecture / Exercise    (Face-to-face)
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue5-6(I3-201A, I3-201C)  
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Course description and aims

This course aims to become a bridge between general education at high school and specialized education in the subjects of No.200 or higher. This course also aims to cultivate not only basic knowledge of engineering but also sense and attitude for problem solving so that the freshmen of School of Engineering can learn actively specialized subjects after sophomore.
By taking all Engineering literacy I-IV, the students experience the following all seven subjects in Engineering Literacy.
【Water Rocket Development and Control】
【Gliding Locomotion Robot "Gyotaro-IIIa"】
【AI-Drone (Machine Learning and Motion Control)】
【Wireless electric car with microcomputer】
【Communication, Computation, and Intelligent Information Processing】
【Industrial Engineering and Economics(Mechanism Design and Data Analysis)】

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
【Water Rocket Development and Control】
1) Understand the basic knowledge of fluid mechanics and flight dynamics, and apply them to actual problems.
2) Design mechanisms based on their principles and improve them by understanding actual phenomena.

【Gliding Locomotion Robot "Gyotaro-IIIa"】
1st: To be able to explain the components of robots and the reason why a simulation is needed.
2nd: To be able to understand and explain the total system of a robot by assembling the robot by oneself.
3rd: To be able to install the computer simulation software according to the manual and use it accurately.
4th: To be able to improve the robot by comparing the non-intuitive & non-holonomic motion of the robot in both the real and virtual world via computer simulation.


【Water Rocket Development and Control】
fluid mechanics, material mechanics, dynamics of machinery, flight dynamics, design, manufacturing

【Gliding Locomotion Robot "Gyotaro-IIIa"】
Mechatronics, Bioinspired Robot, kinetics simulation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

【Water Rocket Development and Control】
The principle and design of a PET bottle rocket, which is thrust by water and air and can be launched into a target orbit, will be studied. Through thrust measurement and bottle-bursting experiments, students learn about the relationship between the principles of rocket propulsion and the structure of the rocket body that can withstand pressure. In addition, students learn the basic theory of rocket flight and experience flight trajectory prediction by numerical simulation. Finally, students will build a rocket based on the above knowledge and conduct a flight experiment in which they will compete not on flight distance but on the accuracy of reaching the goal point.

【Gliding Locomotion Robot "Gyotaro-IIIa"】
By assembling a given robot, the robot's configuration is understood, then, by introducing simulation software, the robot's behavior is checked and improved in a virtual space. Finally, the improvements are feedback to the real space and confirmed its effects.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 【Water Rocket Development and Control】 Guidance, Introduction for a water rocket. 【Gliding Locomotion Robot "Gyotaro-IIIa"】 Learn about the robot systems and install software for the kinetics simulation. 【Water Rocket Development and Control】 Explain the propulsion principle of water rocket and safety for the rocket experiments. 【Gliding Locomotion Robot "Gyotaro-IIIa"】 Learn about the mechanical and electric components of robots and the installation method of software for the kinetics simulation.
Class 2 Assemble the prepared robot. Assemble the prepared robot and confirm that the inputs and outputs properly perform.
Class 3 Use the computer simulation and adjust the parameters of the robot. Use the computer simulation and adjust the robot's parameters to move as first as possible.
Class 4 Maneuver the robot on a set course and record the lap time. Apply the obtained parameters to the hardware robot and maneuver it on a set course as first as possible.
Class 5 The basic principle of propulsion and structure mechanics. Trust measurement experiment. Stress analysis and bottle-busting experiment. Explain the principle of water rocket propulsion. Explain the stresses on the rocket body under pressure.
Class 6 Flight dynamics and control methods of water rocket. Design and building of rocket. Explain the flight of a water rocket. Design and build a water rocket.
Class 7 Rocket launch contest. Awarding ceremony. Explain the basic procedure of the operation of the machine used in practical work 3.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

【Water Rocket Development and Control】
The study record sheet (rocket design report) and flight results will be evaluated comprehensively.

【Gliding Locomotion Robot "Gyotaro-IIIa"】
Grades will be evaluated from the record paper and the lap-time of the robot.

Related courses

  • XEG.B101 : Engineering Literacy I
  • XEG.B102 : Engineering Literacy II
  • XEG.B103 : Engineering Literacy III
  • XEG.B104 : Engineering Literacy IV

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

This lecture is only for the freshmen of School of Engineering.
Students are strongly recommended to take all Engineering literacy I-IV to experience all subjects in Engineering Literacy.

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