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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 06, 2019

    2019 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team D Article 2

    Hello, I’m Take Okamoto, from group D of flying robot project 2019 autumn. In today’s class, we have completed making a vertical tail, rudder, tail plane and learned how to operate laser cutters. I will do my best to use laser cutters efficiently because I will use it many times from now on. Also, we have succeeded in loading CAD data of airfoil. Developing an autopilot system group have started to test operation.
    Next week, the motor we ordered will arrive and we will design motor mount based on it.
    Also, we will complete making elevator and print wing body joints with laser cutters. We will prepare to start making main wing of a flying robot from the week after next. The structure of flying robot has been decided, so we are looking forward to completion.
    Thank you.

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  • November 05, 2019

    2019 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team F Article 1

    We are taking this course again to complete building Sierra, the plane we are making since the last semester. Our first and second Sierra plane didn’t fly as we’d expected, mostly because of our lack of experience in creating the auto-pilot program and systems. In this semester, we are going to improve the circuit board and program. Also the aircraft itself has been redesigned. We worked on the third Sierra on the first week and it’s almost completed as you can see in the attached picture. Next week we’ll look into the old circuit board we made to find what was wrong with it and how to fix the problems.

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  • November 05, 2019

    2019 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team A Article 1

    Making the Flying Robot report
    Group A, Takumi Endo, November 5

    Our group, Group A, has decided to make an all-wing aircraft. The all-wing aircraft has a complicated shape, because the main wing and the tail wing are merged together. However, all of us would like to make the flying robot which has one big main wing, so we have decided on making a aircraft of this shape.

    All of the members of Group A are the bachelors 1st grade student. So, we are very nervous on completing the aircraft, but we are trying to get over the obstacle with the help of Teacher's Assistants.
    In this week, we completed three things. First, deciding the role of each member, second, deciding the aircraft shape in detail and third, deciding the material of the framework. I will introduce each thing briefly.

    First, I will talk about the role of each member. We have five positions and they are the person who draws the blueprint, the person who creates a CAD model based on the blueprints, the person who decides the motor, the person who decides the servo and the person who decides the position of various items. Each member holds one position.

    Second, I will introduce the shape of the aircraft. Considering the weight, 200g, and the speed, 3m/s, we have decided the area of the main wing, 0.76m^2. In addition, we simulated the shape with the paper plane in order to imagine how the aircraft will fly. Third, we are going to use the balsa wood with a thickness of 3mm and whose width is 10mm and use this vertically in order to increase rigidity.

    Thank you for supporting our study.

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  • October 31, 2019

    2019 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team D Article 1

    Hello, I'm Masaya Ido, from group D of flying robot project 2019autumn. We are going to build an autopilot airplane aiming to participate in the next Indoor Flying Robot Contest in 2020.
    While three members are engaging in designing and crafting the airplane body, the other two are developing an autopilot system. There are three Bachelor 1st year students, one Masters 1st year student (me) and one Masters 2nd year student in our team. My background is aerospace engineering.
    The design of our plane is truly orthodox, with a large tough wing and ailerons. This is because an autopilot airplane should fly slow and steady. The wing area is estimated about 6000cm^2 and it is designed to fly at 3.5 m/s. Aileron is aimed at turning quickly.
    In today's class, we started making tail wings as shown in the photo. And I have just decided the airfoil and started designing wing structures. Next week, we are attaching the tail wing to the body and we will learn how to use the laser cutter, which is necessary to generate wing structures. Also, we are collecting electric parts such as motors, servomotors and a microcomputer in order to make a electric circuit by using these parts.
    Thank you.

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  • October 30, 2019

    2019 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team C Article 1

    Last week, we divided our team member of five into a body production team and a control team. And the body production team assigned our team members a task to create a rough blueprint of the body parts, reinforcement parts, connection parts, and propeller protection parts. The control team decided to use Pixracer as a microcontroller and studied basic things about it.
    Today, both the main body production team and the control team started to make a full-scale plan for making drones.
    As for the body parts, we shared the plan of the overall shape by showing the rough design of the body parts, reinforcement parts, connection parts, and propeller protection parts that we assigned each of us as homework at the end of last week. After that, we began to create 3D model of the overall body, and we purchased veneer wood for the drone body material and balsa for the propeller protection part. We have decided to make the connection part with a 3D printer. In addition, at the end of the meeting, we calculated the approximate thrust of the drone we will need, and the result was 30N. The calculating the weight of the drone body was halfway, but since the propeller has enough thrust and mainly uses balsa and veneer, we judged that we don’t have to worry about weight reduction of the body. And the next time, we will be able to start to work on production.
    In addition, we checked the wiring diagram and initially set up the control microcontroller. Specifically, 1: Update firmware, 2: Selecting the type of aircraft to apply, 3: Compass calibration of the microcomputer sensor, 4: Calibration of the radio which adapt to transmitter, 5: Setting the flight mode. We will continue with the initial setting next time.

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