Using Soccer/Fútbol to Get Students Interested in Engineering

Author: 
Ricardo Valerdi
Publisher: 
CONAHEC
Year of Publication: 
2014

This presentation will describe an exchange program between the University of Arizona (UA) and Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) Campus Sonora focused on engineering. In particular, we will describe a 3-week custom course designed for engineering students from ITESM interested in systems engineering at UA in the Summer 2014. The focus of the course was for students to design soccer/fútbol playing robots as a way to learn about product development and systems engineering. Lessons learned from the process will be shared with the intent to improve the program so that it can be repeated in the future.