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could not provide enough food for their people, and food riots began tobreak out. Vayu thus became a focal point again, this time as abreadbasket. Further, being impressed with the way Vayu turned itselfaround, the Confederation began to send students to the University ofVayu. Vayu became a major learning center, patron of arts and focalpoint of trade.5.3The Vayun Design Project StoriesThe following projects are approximately in chrnological order in Vayunhistory. Each project stresses the problems of dealing with systems,creativity and innovation, and basic aspects of engineering analysis,mechanics, aerodynamics, hydrostatics, etc. Further, in every project thestudent group is presented with conflicting objectives. The authors feelthis is one of the most important aspects of creating a design project.Each project is presented in story form first with the task, followed byrestrictions, conditions and performance rules. The projects are presentedin the chronology presented in Figure 5.2. The aim of these designprojects is to give the student the opportunity of taking a design beyondthe drawing board stage to see how the ideas work out in practice. Also,in the preliminary stages of testing the mechanism, the student groups areable to modify and develop the design to improve its performance. Theseare extremely important stages in the learning process of the designer asthey help him or her to develop a feeling of what will or will not work inpractice. In addition to creativity and quality of construction, themechanism will be assessed on how well it will perform. The studentsare expected to make every effort to come up with a working andcompetitive mechanism.All mechanisms should be submitted for assessment of designcreativity and quality of construction at a time set by the instructor. Atthe same time a group log (“sanitized” progress reports) with a suitableintroduction that highlights aspects of the design and the method ofdesign must be submitted. The introduction must be no more than twotypewritten or three legible hand-written pages. In addition, a criticalevaluation of the design and the method of design must be submitted byeach student designer, 2 sheets maximum. The critical evaluation shouldhighlight what a student designer has learned about design process andthe insight he/she is able to provide as a result of this experience. Apenalty is levied for incomplete or late submissions. At this time thestudent group will be expected to give a sales/technical presentation oftheir design. To accompany the presentation, the students should prepare
5.3. The Vayun Design Project Stories267a sales brochure, and a specification sheet, to allow display of theirdesign There are general and project-specific restrictions and conditionsplaced on all projects. The project-specific restrictions are given witheach project. The general restrictions and conditions follow.

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