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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

  • December 13, 2017

    2017 winter semester Flying Robot Project 8th Team A

    Up to now, main components of the aircraft are almost finished. Today, each member engaged in different work. I calculated the center of gravity of the aircraft and cut down carbon pipe for the body. Also, the elevator was attached with thread to the horizontal stabilizer, which was then fixed to the rear of the body. At the same time, some members were making parts with balsa to equip control devices on the plane, and the other were working on the decoration of the wing. As for the wing, we also scattered water to it in order to make it shrink and tense up after we finished attaching all the surface paper. Finally, we tried to attach the ailerons to the wing. Then it turned out that the span of one side of the wing was 1cm longer than that of the aileron! Probably it does not matter much to the flight, but it is a pity that appearance has got a bit worse. Next week, we are going to attach the vertical stabilizer and other remaining components. It will not be long before we complete the plane!

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  • December 06, 2017

    2017 winter semester Flying Robot Project 7th Team A

    On December 6, we almost finished assembling the main wing, even though the ailerons must be attached to it. We obtained a square CFRP stock, so it was much easier to get the ribs on the same angle.Three different colors of paper, white, blue and yellow, which represents our university, was used and these are the symbol of the University of Tokyo and another of the department of aeronautics and astronautics on the center of the main wing. Now we already have most of the materials necessary to assemble the plane, such as a motor, a speed controller and a propeller, we can now move on to final assembly. Next week, we will attach the ailerons to the main wing, radder to vertical stabilizer and elevators to horizontal stabilizer.

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  • November 29, 2017

    2017 winter semester Flying Robot Project 6th Team A

    4 millimeter square carbon pipes had arrive and we started working on the wings. We chose square pipes to prevent ribs from rotating. At first we marked where the ribs should be on the spars, leading-edge and trailing-edge. Then we glued the ribs to the spars. However, some ribs were the wrong size. We are going to readjust ribs by next week.
    We also worked on wing surface. We made a "Ginkgoes" mark. It's a symbol of the University of Tokyo. We will paste it on the surface of the wing.
    Finally, we are going to finish assembling the wing next week and we will make plans to assemble the fuselage and other parts. We have to think about the center of gravity.

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  • November 22, 2017

    2017 winter semester Flying Robot Project 5th Team A

    As ordered parts had not yet arrived, we worked on other parts. We finished cutting ribs and wing-body junction by laser cutter. We also pasted japanese paper on ailerons, horizontal stabilizer and vertical stabilizer. We are going to start assembling parts next week if we receive ordered parts.
    There are several concerns about the assembling. The first is design of ribs. If it isn’t precise, they might not fit carbon pipes, which we use as spars. Second is the quality of the carbon pipes. If they are bent or twisted, the assembling will be more difficult than we think. At worst, we need to redesign ribs. I really hope they’re fine.

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  • November 08, 2017

    2017 winter semester Flying Robot Project 3rd Team B

    This week we wrote aircraft blueprint with a CAD software. We got used to using the new software. We could work smoothly now. Next week we will make aircraft parts using a laser cutter.

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