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What is PBL?

Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Project-based learning is offered in the “Flying Robot Project”, a part of “Creative Engineering Projects”. Junior and senior undergraduate students, as well as graduate students are welcome to join the project. An important goal of the project is to offer a chance to students to put in practice the knowledge they have gained in lectures to build and test their own aircraft. Following a PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle, the students analyze and solve an assignment, and validate their answer. During the aircraft building and flight test phases, the students work in teams, where discussions about the progress of each task helps the students develop their leadership, management and organizational skills.


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Activities Reportactivities "Project-Based Learning" Report

  • November 21, 2020

    2020 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team C Article 4

    This week we redesigned the aileron and vertical stabilizer. Also, after assembling the ribs on the jig, Japanese paper was pasted on the entire machine. In the electrical system, we decided to solder the motor terminals and to put the servo motor on the airframe. We are planning to make the wheels and assemble the entire fuselage next week.

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  • November 19, 2020

    2020 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team D Article 4

    We began to make the main wing using the jig we made last week. The ribs of the main wing were produced by cutting balsa woods with laser cutter, and were arranged on the jig. Then we put main spars through the holes on the ribs, and glued them together. However, the main spar of the right wing wasn't stuck on the right position due to the slight inaccuracy of the jig, and which made us very careful in making the left wing after the right one. We checked the verticality of the jig every time we put the ribs, and thanks to that we could made an accurate left wing.
      We also have been making empennages since last week, and this week we completed them. We are going to assemble them with glue and hinge tapes next time.
     In addition to these, we also started to make floats. They are made of EPP, and we discussed and decided how to attach wheels to the floats.
     We hope we can complete to assemble all the parts next week.

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  • November 18, 2020

    2020 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team B Article 4

    This week, Team B made tail wings. Also we connected upper wings and lower wings with struts.
    It was difficult to attach the wing membranes while tension should be applied to them, so we had to retry it a few times. We originally planned to use 3mm veneer to make girders, but it was hard to process. Thus, we glued 1mm veneer and 2mm balsa and made girders with it. We also found that rudder and the elevator interfered with each other, which will be fixed in the next week.

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  • November 12, 2020

    2020 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team A Article 4

    From this week, we have started making an actual machine at Faculty of Engineering Building No.13. This week's main purpose is to produce a body, but we realized that we couldn't make the body of the originally planned size with the largest board, so I revised the model and made it smaller. Next week, we will set to work on the electrical system.

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  • November 10, 2020

    2020 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team B Article 3

    This week, Team B made the tail wing. The original plan was to make the tail frame 5mm in thick, but this was changed to 2mm to save the weight. We used balsa for the material of skeleton and glued it all together with instant glue. Blue paper was used for the wing membrane. Next week, we are going to attach elevator and rudder to the tail and start making main wings.

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