Art into Engineering: Demonstrating how Origami creativity can inform Robotics education

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Hao, Guangbo
Pentek, Alex
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University College Cork
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This paper discusses a teaching method in promoting students’ learning and creativity in Robotics, which uses active Origami as a lab-based (design) tool to analyse and design robots. The Origami-led course design involves a lecturer team composed of an Origami artist and a Mechanical Engineer. It includes three parts: Part I is the introduction and theory of Origami as well as engineering application and the kinematic mapping between Robotics and Origami; Part II is the intensive hands-on training of Origami folding; and Part III is an Origami-based project as continuous assessment in the Advanced Robotics module. Learners/trainees have voted great compliments on the Origami-led course design. It shows that Origami is an effective tool and media to teach Robotics, and is suitable for teaching other Engineering topics such as structure and civil engineering.
Engineering education , Robotics , Origami , Kinematic mapping
Hao, G. and Pentek, A. (2021) ‘Art into Engineering: Demonstrating how Origami creativity can inform Robotics education’, EESD2021: Proceedings of the 10th Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference, 'Building Flourishing Communities', University College Cork, Ireland, 14-16 June.