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2016 International Capstone Design Camp & Contest

Kumamoto University, Dong-A University & National Kaohsiung First
University of Science and Technology (First Tech)

 

Design Theme

How to care your pet when you are away

 

Schedule

July 29th
Submit the drafted proposal to the camp committee from
student groups.
August 5th
Comments from camp committee collected and send to
each group.
August 5~13th Revising proposal by each group.
August 14~21th
 ICDC in First Tech, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
 

The origin and development history of
International Capstone Design Camp and Contest

 
2016 International Capstone Design Camp and Contest was originally established as the camp held by Kumamoto University and Dong-A University in 2010. This camp aims to cultivate globally-minded talents, strengthen students’ ability to put what they have learned in school into practice to solve problems comprehensively, and encourage students to finish hands-on projects. It is hoped that through this camp the gap between traditional college education and market requirement can be bridged.
   
Students attending the camp come from multiple countries and are put into groups. Assigned with a common contest theme, members in each group discuss with one another through e-mail or video to come up with a proposal before the camp officially begins. Once it starts, students will have to strive to materialize their proposals.
   
To implement the proposals, students must use their acquired background knowledge to solve problems This will include finding solutions, producing blueprints, designing product parts break down illustration and listing out needed materials, which makes purchase easier. Finally, students also have to use machines and tools to produce the product. The whole processes can bring up student’s ability to solve complicated engineering problems, strengthen teamwork as well as effective communication and project management skills.
   
At the beginning, students usually feel nervous and confused because of language barriers, but after a while of learning and working together, they get into more vigorous conversations. Students who had participated before pointed out that through cooperation among group members they were rewarded a great sense of achievement.
   
The International Capstone Design Camp and Contest has been held for six sessions. The first, second and fifth editions of International Capstone Design Camp and Contest were held in Dong-A University, the third, fourth and sixth in Kumamoto University. The seventh edition is going to be hosted by National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology that joined the camp in 2015. And the total number of participants increased from 60 to 90 people (see appendix).
   
There are three schools from three different countries included in the camp. Through working together closely we can achieve better understanding and cooperation as well as expand the international perspective. Moreover, students can experience the problem-oriented projects which are common in reality. In the camp, students all communicate in English and provide their specialties to help their team, which could strengthen international communication skills, group cooperation and hands-on experiences. Furthermore, through the international camp, students can make friends from all over the world and prepare themselves for this globalized world.
 
 
Session Year Host Duration

Participants
(Kumamoto University /
Dong-A University /
National Kaohsiung First
University of Science and Technology

Subject
1 2010 Dong-A
University
August 13th-20th
(It was due to typhoon, so cut the days.)

33/32
(Including one assistant from Kumamoto University)

Use renewable resource to produce energy saving machie.
2 2011 Dong-A
University
August 11th-20th 32/32 Use renewable resource to produce products.
3 2012 Kumamoto University August 9th-18th 32/32 Useful products of material to produce products.
4 2013 Kumamoto
University
August 8th-17th 36/36 Use the properties of material to produce products.
5 2014 Dong-A
University
August 8th-17th 36/36/2
(Kasetsart University, Thailand)
(2 participants from Kasetsart Universty, Thailand)
Products that can improve the environment
6 2015 Kumamoto University August 17th-26th 36/36/9
(9 participants from National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan)
Products for helping the elders / society correspondence system)
7 2016 National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology August 14th-21th 30/30/30 How to care your pet when you are away.
 
 

 

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