PROJECT LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION
Learning and training mathematical concepts and algorithms in engineering education require solve problems in projects as well as to communicate and present mathematical content. Every system can be described by a mathematical model, and the models can be applied in practice because the computers allow us to solve symbolically and also numerically from different design and performance. The technological advance demand changes in the curricula and in the way of teaching in higher education, where a new methodology for computationally oriented mathematics education is performed.
New opportunities by using new technologies in teaching and learning mathematics in engineering community is becoming increasingly. Then computational oriented mathematics education in virtual learning environments has led to new possibilities for engineering work in which mathematically complex problems solved in the computer by visualization and simulation play a central role.
To incorporate the opportunities offered by computer systems in increasing development and availability is necessary to design appropriate strategies. Mathematical software developments that have experienced and affinity with the students to engage with technology, require math teachers make the effort to transform the teaching-learning process in a process of learning by doing, in simulation learning environments.
The authors present in this proposal an innovative interdisciplinary design developed for learning advance calculus at third level course of Mechanical Engineering; understood technology as a tool that set ways of thinking and allow exploring modes of symbolic mental representation, constructed as a product of cognitive internalization skills from communication technology results, and becoming a tool of thought. Learning strategies are established based on different projects without neglecting the theoretical foundation, with a multidisciplinary approach.
The learning process is developed at a laboratory session, impossible to reach without technology, the way of teaching basic sciences, taking into account the importance of using computer networking, connecting computers that support electronic lab notebooks, data acquisition and analysis, graphics and report preparation are the central issues presented in this work.