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ABET Program Learning Goals

Upon completion of our project, we feel that the following ABET Program Learning Goals have been satisfied:

 [1] An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

Through this mini project, we were able to identify the different factors that could impact a bottle rocket’s maximum height. We were able to formulate equations and model a bottle rocket’s trajectory using Microsoft Excel and see the effect of parameters such as temperature and pressure within the bottle and their effect on the maximum height achieved. This project also enabled out of the box thinking in the sense that we were able to brainstorm and devise a cheap and effective means of determining the thrust exerted by the rocket at takeoff without the use of any special equipment and it also fostered team collaboration in the areas of science, math and engineering, especially when modeling the equations.

[3] An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

The eportfolio makes it easier to reach a range of audiences that are not specifically concentrated to engineering. i.e any individual with a link can view our e-portfolio and review our work. By making it interactive and adding buttons to redirect users to pages they may find of interest, the eportfolio does a very effective job of simplifying a complex engineering problem to a more understandable, and interactive communication means. Furthermore it also enhances our skills in web-design and allows us to explore creative avenues for expressing our work.

[5] An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

This particular goal was also achieved. We were able to establish our goals to complete an initial draft of our work a week before it was due so that we had time to go over each others work and help out those who were stuck/having difficulties with their parts. We had a brainstorming session every week and heard and implemented everyone’s ideas/research by creating a box folder to share research. We also created a transparent google doc so that everyone could contribute to their work and be updated with the other members’ research. Ultimately for the implementation of the eportfolio, every member was made responsible for their section, however we all provided constructive feedback with regards to formatting and content before anything got published.

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