ME 2110: Creative Decisions and Design

Announcements 

07 May 2020

Dear ME2110 students,
 
I hope this you are all well and healthy! Here is information regarding the winners of the ME2110 design review and also the ME2110 build competitions. The design review winners were selected by review of each of the final videos by the section professors and the design review videos by the ME2110 team. The winners for the competition were determined by the performance in studio before we went online. For both categories, 1st place will receive an Arduino Starter Kit, 2nd/3rd place will receive an Arduino UNO R3. All teams will receive a sticker. You may pick up these items in the fall term. When we get the all-clear, I'll send an announcement to this same email list about how to pick up the items. All together we are seeing fantastic designs and innovative solutions. This semester in particular I've noticed great upticks in use of computer-driven manufacturing which is fantastic, as well as some outstanding animations from various teams. Actually, we noticed quite a few very cool designs we would like to archive for future teams, including modular MDF frames and other drive/gear assemblies that myself and the lead TAs will reach out to a few of the teams to try and get the sldprt/step files for. The information is provided below. Many congrats to all of you on your strong efforts in the class. Your studios TAs will be coordinating with you directly regarding kit return etc.
 
It's a major bummer that we weren't able to run competition this term, but I'm very impressed how you all were able to pivot so well and how quickly we responded as a class to the changing dynamic with COVID. I typically do comb really finely through CIOS to identify things that we can change quickly in the class to improve as much as possible. Several items came out due to that in recent terms including the robot storage, more time between deliverables, earlier build activities, and the testing of different microcontrollers. Since we won't have that ability this term, I emailed you a link to a form to capture any anonymous feedback from you that would be helpful for me to potentially introduce in the fall. If you have time for it, I would greatly appreciate your input. Otherwise, I am happy also to meet any of you directly (virtually) to chat about your ideas for the course! Stay safe/healthy and have a good summer!
 
ME2110 Design Review Winners
  1. N1 - inSIDious - https://youtu.be/6_MqTSDsPw4
    1. Students: Jacob Gasque, Antonio Lucas, Sarahn Nazaret, Alex Yu
    2. Studio professor: Dr. Rick Cowan, TA: Lisa DeWitte
  2. E5 - Zurg Inc. - https://youtu.be/dPgadvFLHEY
    1. Students: Jordan Aust, Gerardo Garcia-Ramos, Julia Glaze, Josh Kim 
    2. Studio professor: Dr. Levent Degertekin, TA: Zoe Klesmith
  3. K1 - You've Got a Friend in ME2110 - https://youtu.be/nyP3XlNlOYU
    1. Students: Sarah Dominguez, Matthias Heyrman, Katherine Roberts, Casey Teodecki
    2. Studio professor: Dr. CJ Adams, TA: Ana Schauer
ME2110 Competition Winners
  1. D4 - The Potato Family - https://youtu.be/NO2URSToEmg
    1. Students: Zachary Bellis, Jeremy Bers, Celina Huang, Kevin Wu
    2. Studio professor: Dr. Levent Degertekin, TA: David Gamero
  2. E6 - Team Rockstar - https://youtu.be/-qzbuTKSanU
    1. Students: Anna Danek, Finn Davis, Ben Goss, Elias Irick,  
    2. Studio professor: Dr. Levent Degertekin, TA: Zoe Klesmith
  3. I1 - Mach4 - https://youtu.be/zhtV5s_ldZE
    1. Students: Blake Lathrop, Neythra Srinivasan, Rebekah Travis, Hope Wamae
    2. Studio professor: Dr. Jeff Streator, TA: Caroline Massey
best wishes,
Chris Saldana
 

14 March 2020 (7:30PM)

Dear ME2110 students,
 
The information from USG and the Institute administration has been fluid, however we are proceeding with the plan outlined yesterday for our course. Thanks to those of you that came in yesterday, it was good to see you all and I'm glad you were able to get to your systems before COB. Following up on the previous email, below is further detail for the assignment modifications and these are also posted on the ME2110 website. I hope you are having a good start to spring break despite the present state of things. Let me know if you have any questions. 
 
  1. Assignment modifications. The following provides additional information on the previously described modification.
    1. Qualifying Competition (4%) - We have uploaded an individual assignment of a Design Task Analysis for the rocket activity. This is a 2-page technical report and a 2-minute elevator pitch and will be due on Week of 30 March. The analysis emphasizes engineering estimations / calculations to justify design decisions for the mechanisms associated with this task. This is posted at: http://2110.me.atech.edu/studios .
    2. Final Report and Presentation (15%) - The final report content has been modified slightly to account for the lack of qualifying and final competition performance. The final presentation has been modified to add the requirement of a recorded video and/or an animation of your final design in CAD.
    3. Design Review (5%) - This will now be allocated to the design review video which is described here: http://2110.me.gatech.edu/studios. Your studio professors and TAs will be assigning grades based on the three areas: ingenuity (technical innovation), creativity/aesthetics, and presentation.
  2. Studio schedule. Depending on the upcoming decision from USG, we will determine how courses will be carried out in Week of 30 March and Week of 06 April. In the case of online synchronous delivery, your studio professor and/or TA will pass you information on access.
    1. Week of 23 March - trial online studio and informal discussion of remainder of semester (online synchronous delivery)
    2. Week of 30 March - Design Task Analysis presentations and discussion (TBD)
    3. Week of 06 April - Final studio and presentations (TBD)
  3. Office hours. I will be holding office hours Monday 3/16 and Monday 3/23 from 11AM-12PM. These will be on BlueJeans, which is one our Institute's methods for web-based teleconferencing that may be useful for sychronous online meeting for classes if needed. I'll be there to answer any questions and, if you want, you can test your laptop/connection's teleconference capabilities. You can join by phone or web. Meeting info is as follows (pick only one audio option):
    1. Web-app for screenshare and/or audio (https://gatech.bluejeans.com/6344228190
    2. Phone audio (Meeting Id: 6344228190, Phone Number: +1.408.740.7256)
best wishes
Chris Saldana

 

13 March 2020 (11:45AM)

Dear ME2110 students,
 
As you have seen from President Cabrera, the Institute is planning on moving to distance education formally on March 30th with a currently undesignated end date. This includes a trial return on March 23rd to test online course delivery mechanisms that would involve students and faculty. I know you are all disappointed on the effect this will have on ME2110. The instructional team and studio team have seen some really excellent efforts in studio and are also disappointed in the disruption in our class. Because the end of semester is rapidly approaching, in response, we have developed the following contingencies for ME2110. Please bear in mind that this reflects our team's approach based on the latest guidance from the university and our instructional team's consensus to address the remaining ME2110 course assignments. In the unlikely event that additional information becomes available that alters this proposed plan, we will notify you accordingly. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I will host office hours by web early next week and the following week and will send details about that over the weekend.
 
  1. Mechatronics kits. You should leave your mechatronics kits in the ME2110 studio along with your robots. If you are able to do this today, we would also request that you remove the mechatronics kit components from your robot to simplify kit return. You will be working with your studio TA to coordinate the kit return. All items must be returned in order to receive a grade. If you are missing components, you can order them here on the list of mechatronics kit components: http://2110.me.gatech.edu/mechatronicskit. If you have already departed campus, then that is OK. Note that it is OK if the mechatronics kit components goes beyond the bounds of your team's storage tray. No demerits will be given for that.
  2. IDEA laboratory closing. The studio will be closed at 5PM today. If you are able, you should use this time to take pictures and/or videos of your robot in action if you think you need them for reports/presentations that are upcoming. We are unsure at this moment whether the IDEA Laboratory will be available after March 30.
  3. Final competition and design review event on 03 April. The final competition event on the evening of 03 April has been cancelled. The final competition grade as noted on your course syllabus will not be counted toward the overall grade for the course. The design review grade as on your syllabus will be re-allocated to the evaluation of the design review video.
  4. Studio schedule. We will be shifting to an online format for your studio sections starting March 23. The new schedule is as below:
    1. Week of 23 March - trial online studio and discussion of remainder of semester (online synchronous delivery)
    2. Week of 30 March - Design Task Analysis presentations and discussion (online synchronous delivery)
    3. Week of 06 April - Final studio and presentations (online synchronous delivery)
  5. Assignment modifications. The following assignments will be modified.
    1. Qualifying Competition (4%) - This will be replaced with an individual assignment that involves Design Task Analysis for the rocket activity. It will include a 2-page technical report and a 2-minute elevator pitch and will be due on Week of 30 March. The assignment will be posted here later this weekend: http://2110.me.gatech.edu/studios .
    2. Final Competition (5%) - This will be cancelled. It will not contribute to your grade, so your total grade as per the syllabus will be out of 95%.
    3. Final Report and Presentation (15%) - The final report content has been modified slightly to account for the lack of qualifying and final competition performance. See the revised document. The final presentation has been modified slightly to add the requirement of an animation of your final design in CAD.
    4. Design Review (5%) - This will now be allocated to the design review video which is described here: http://2110.me.gatech.edu/studios. Your studio professors and TAs will be assigning grades based on the three areas: ingenuity (technical innovation), creativity/aesthetics, and presentation.
best wishes
Chris Saldana

Course Videos

ME2110 Competition Trailer by Ana Schauer

ME2110 CNC Experience by Eddie Nguyen

Team 24 Carat Black (SP19 Course Trailer)