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Mechanical Engineering Students Project-Based Learning in OUAS: Learning by Doing

Mechanical Engineering Students Project-Based Learning in OUAS: Learning by Doing
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Author(s): Mira Kekkonen (Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland)and Ville Isoherranen (Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 19
Source title: Training Engineering Students for Modern Technological Advancement
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Anabela Carvalho Alves (University of Minho, Portugal)and Natascha van Hattum-Janssen (Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8816-1.ch003


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This chapter introduces project-based learning approach which is used in the Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OUAS), School of Engineering and Natural Resources, Mechanical Engineering Department to get local companies to offer project works to mechanical engineering students. The concept is based on organizing a local event or online event for the companies to come to OUAS campus to present their challenges needing engineering students to solve. The companies are then competing, selling, or pitching their problem for engineering students as the engineering students will then individually select the most interesting cases to be solved, and which has linkage to potential summer job and thesis work opportunities if projects are successful. The concept has proven to be successful, and it has been established as traditional event with many companies returning to the pitching event annually to get their industry problems solved by group of motivated engineering students.

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