Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
The engineering drawing skills for the Design-Build-Test (D-B-T) project in year 2 Mechanical Engineering and Product Design degrees at Aston University is introduced through regular practice exercises that are transferable to the project. However previous cohorts showed poor performance in their individual CAD assessments and the associated engineering drawings for the D-B-T project. The aim of this study was to address this disconnect. The program was developed with a two-pronged approach to include exercises that are more analogous to the D-B-T project with encouraged deliberate practice and introduce growth mindset theory and use of study strategies. Student mindsets were captured at the end of the module through a short online survey. Thus far, the new intervention appears to yield better performance in CAD modelling and engineering drawings. This study highlights the need for deliberate practice with regular feedback that encourages a growth mindset attitude in developing practical engineering skills.