Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition


11.1214.1 - 11.1214.11

Conference Name

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, Illinois


Physical Simulations have a proven record as a teaching tool. Concepts that are often hard to grasp are made easy by the use of physical simulation activities. The constructivism learning theory suggests that people learn better by actively participating in the process of learning. Effectiveness of simulation-based learning is well recognized. According to the Encyclopedia of Educational Technology, "Simulation-based learning involves the placement of a student into a realistic scenario or situation. The student is then responsible for any changes that occur as a result of their decisions." The computer integrated manufacturing course in the mechanical engineering technology program was recently modified to include instruction in Lean manufacturing. A simulation based activity was developed to teach concepts in Lean manufacturing and their implementation within an organization. The simulation activity was developed and pilot tested with graduate students before being implemented within an undergraduate senior elective course. Student evaluations indicate a marked increase in learning and comprehension of Lean manufacturing concepts.


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Original Publication Citation

Verma, A. (2006). Teaching lean manufacturing concepts using physical simulations within engineering technology program. Paper presented at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, Illinois.