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Serious Games in Mechanical Engineering Education

  • Petr Hořejší
  • Jiří Vyšata
  • Lucie RohlíkováEmail author
  • Jiří Polcar
  • Michal Gregor
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the possibilities and limits of using serious computer games in mechanical engineering education. Mechanical engineering has long struggled around the world due to a shortage of students, so it is necessary to constantly look for opportunities to make learning more attractive. Contemporary students are equipped with sufficient competences and technical equipment for effective learning in the virtual environment of computer games, so a whole range of sub-projects in the field of gaming education are being carried out throughout the world. A serious game or applied game is a game designed for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment, most likely for education. A reference serious game called ‘Manager Simulator’ was developed over three years. The technical means of development were verified through this. In addition, another serious game, ‘Workshop’, was developed, that guides the student through a virtual production process. The student has to produce machine parts according to the specified production processes and blueprints. Machines and tools are available for the purpose. Some of the machine equipment have commentary within the interactive tutorial. The student then tries their own production. The game responds to their activities and actions (for example, if the product is forgotten when turning or milling, then the part may be rendered unusable, etc.).

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Acknowledgements

This paper was prepared with the support of the Internal Science Foundation of the University of West Bohemia SGS-2018-031.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petr Hořejší
    • 1
  • Jiří Vyšata
    • 2
  • Lucie Rohlíková
    • 3
    Email author
  • Jiří Polcar
    • 1
  • Michal Gregor
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and ManagementUniversity of West BohemiaPlzenCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Machining TechnologyUniversity of West BohemiaPlzenCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science and Educational TechnologyUniversity of West BohemiaPlzenCzech Republic

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