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Experiential Learning Flow Chart
Investigate
Apply
Demonstrate
Perform
Lead
Mentor

Identify a Team of Interest

Its important to learn what engineering activities a team actually does, what they are currently working on or what activities are within the scope of their competition.

Visit the link listing all of the teams and select a team that looks interesting. Each team will have a brief description of their focus and engineering activities

If you do not find a team of interest, consider starting a new competition team.


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Investigating Student

The investigating student reads on-line material for various possible competition teams and if interested completes a quiz that demonstrates the students knowledge of the objectives of the design team.

Qualifications: All BYU students

Objective: Become familiar with engineering topics for a team and identify the topics of highest interest. Student knows enough about the team to commit to ~ 28 hrs of work on the team.

Apply to be on the Team

Application to a team involves learning about the team, demonstrating an understanding of what the team is working on and committing to a 1 Semester (approximately 2 hrs/week or 28 hrs) project.

Each team web site will have a link to apply to the team.

You may apply to more than one team but you should be willing to commit to a project for each team that you apply too.


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Investigating Student

The investigating student reads on-line material for various possible competition teams and if interested completes a quiz that demonstrates the students knowledge of the objectives of the design team.

Qualifications: All BYU students

Objective: Become familiar with engineering topics for a team and identify the topics of highest interest. Student knows enough about the team to commit to ~ 28 hrs of work on the team.

Complete a 1st Semester Volunteer Project

Application to a team involves learning about the team, demonstrating an understanding of what the team is working on and committing to a 1 Semester (approximately 2 hrs/week or 28 hrs) project.

Each team web site will have a link to apply to the team

You may apply to more than one team but you should be willing to commit to a project for each team that you apply too.


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Demonstrating Student

The student contacts the team, attends a team meeting, meets with the team leader and sets up a contract to volunteer 28 hrs with the team.

Qualifications: All BYU students who have completed the online training.

Objective: Has learned enough to be a contributing member of the team. Is now eligible for a 497R

Complete a 497R 3 Credit Project

Meet with the team mentor and identify a project with deliverables that contributes to the needs of the team and provides an in-depth personal experience with an engineering topic.

The project should take the same effort as a normal engineering course, 126 hrs.

The course will normally be 1 credit Fall and 2 Credits winter and will require attendance at the competition. A letter grade will be assigned each semester by the faculty advisor in consultation with the team mentor (graduate student).


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Performing Student

The student commits to 126 hrs of contracted engineering work and will receive 3 cr hrs for their contract. The contract is worked out with the Team RA (Graduate Mentor) and signed by a faculty member

Qualifications: All BYU students who have completed demonstrating student contract.

Objective: A significant engineering experience. Responsible for engineering calculations and/or design and/or testing. Attends an event where their work is evaluated by practicing engineers.

Become a Team Leader

3 Credit Project Management Course

The team leader(s) manages the competition team:

  • Sets goals and tasks
  • Makes a schedule and organizes work assignments
  • Meets with demonstrating students to set 1 semester projects
  • Completes applications and travel arrangements for the competition
  • Works on the budget and funding for the team

The team leaders are selected by the faculty advisors.

Team leaders are eligible to take a 400 level, 3 credit ME elective course on engineering management, diversity and integrity.



Student Leader

The student leader is one of two or three team leaders who has competed a 497R project course and has experience with the team. The student leader is eligible to take an engineering management and ethics course and lead the team with integrity.

Qualifications: BYU student who has completed 3 Credit 497R course. Has attended a competition or team review event.

Objective: Develop engineering management and leadership skills and depth in engineering practice. Establishing a culture of integrity and inclusion on the team.

Become a Team Mentor

Graduate Student 1/4 Time Paid Position

The team mentor is a paid (10 hr / week) graduate student who has worked with the team for several years and has institutional knowledge of the team competition and activities.

The mentor arranges and works with student on their MeEn 497R technical elective courses. Defining objectives and deliverables and grading performance.

The team mentor answers and ask questions but does not take on an engineering project and is not managing the assignments of tasks.


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Student Mentor

This student is available daily to help direct technical thinking and decisions. The mentor is a graduate student with experience in the area and can provide guidance but is an advisor not a doer. The mentor gets tasks from the team leaders and makes contracts for 497R students. The mentor grades student work and recommends grades to faculty members.

Qualifications: Mechanical Engineering Graduate students who have experience on the team

Objective: Learn technical management skill.