Experimentation and Product-making Workshop Simplified for Easy Execution in Classroom

  • Tsuyoshi Nakazawa
  • Masaaki Matsubara
  • Sumiyoshi Mita
  • Katuo Saitou
Conference paper
Part of the Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series book series (CPSEMS)


In this study, we introduced the students to experimenting with and manufacturing of real products. The products are a "Model Car" and a "Walking Model.” With this specific objective and using no special equipment, students can learn and utilize mechanics which is one of the fundamental discipline in engineering. We introduced these two products in a lecture format and evaluated the effectiveness of the learning process. Results of the evaluation administered before and after the class showed that the students obtained a greater understanding of mechanics by using the two products. A resulting concept map and survey questionnaire showed that the students had improved their ability to apply scientific knowledge through their practical experiences in experimental and manufacturing processes. Moreover, detailed analyses including factor analysis suggest an improvement in the students’ confidence in their scientific knowledge and activities in product making.


Frictional Force Teaching Material Achievement Test Teaching Plan Reduction Gear 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tsuyoshi Nakazawa
    • 1
  • Masaaki Matsubara
    • 2
  • Sumiyoshi Mita
    • 3
  • Katuo Saitou
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringGunma UniversityKiryuJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of EngineeringGunma UniversityKiryuJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationGunma UniversityMaebashiJapan

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