The first homework for the freshman design course was only turned in by 2/3 of the class—I hope that this is not a trend, as not doing homework is a sure way for engineering students to fail out of college. I’m not grading students on the quality of this first assignment (their evaluation is primarily dependent on the design project they do in the second half of the quarter), but I am keeping track of who is doing the homework.
The assignment was simple:
Turn in by e-mail by midnight Friday, 2014 Jan 10: Look on-line for projects that might be interesting to design or build this quarter. Look at sites like Pasco and Vernier for ideas about what schools with money have in their labs. Look for do-it-yourself lab equipment ideas on the web. Turn in an annotated list of URLs for interesting sites as plain text, cut-and-pasted into e-mail to me. The annotation need not be extensive—a sentence about each web site, telling us what project(s) it has information about, should suffice.
The students who did do the work found some interesting sites—I’ve been spending much of this weekend reformatting what they sent me, examining the sites they found, and commenting on them. Rather than provide private comments to the individual students, I’m sharing my comments and the web sites that everyone found with the whole class.