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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 03, 2020

    2020 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team B Article 5

    This week, Team B assembled the plane, attached electrical equipment, and conducted running test.
    First, we attached the wings to a carbon pipe(which becomes the body), and then mounted the electrical equipment, such as battery, motors, and RC receiver. We had a difficulty in connecting servomotors with elevator and rudder, so we had to try it several times. It took pretty much time. After that, we attached a leg and tires, and we had a running test. It ran pretty well after some adjustments.
    Next week, we are going to name the plane, and have a flight test.

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  • November 30, 2020

    2020 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team C Article 5

    This week, we made linkage and wheels, and finally completed our aircraft, Yukigake.
    We checked the operation of ladders and ailerons and they moved very smoothly.
    We also did running tests. At first, Yukigake did not run well because the wheels were poor. After remaking wheels, Yukigake's running was improved little.
    In the running test, we found that ladders worked very well.
    Next week, we will conduct flight tests. We don't think Yukigake will fly well in the first flight test, but we're looking forward to the flight tests.

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  • November 23, 2020

    2020 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team D Article 5

    We were able to complete to assemble almost all the parts of our plane this week. There are still some works remaining, but we may conduct test flight next week.
    This week we started from painting our main wing which we finished last week. Since our plane is a water plane, we have to prevent balsa woods from bending by getting wet, and the lacquer we use is useful for making our wing ribs waterproof. After that, we pasted films on the upper surface of the main wing with irons, which costed us unexpectedly long time. We had to put additional wood sheets on the leading edge to make the film fit to the curve of the wing surface. Also we completed to assemble the empennage at the same time.
    Then we made the connecting parts with laser cutter, and attached wings to the body. A motor, a receiver and servomotors were also attached to the body, and they were checked if they could work correctly. We failed to connect servomotors and moving surfaces with thread this week. We need to make a better way until next week and finish all the works before the test flight.
    At last we put legs, floats with wheels and the body together. "

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  • November 22, 2020

    2020 Autumn Semester Flying Robot Project Team A Article 6

    This Saturday, we put propellers on the multicopter and it actually fly . But on Sunday, for various reasons, we modified the wiring and structure, and then it didn't fly anymore. I want to figure out why and fly it again.

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  • 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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