The goals of the project as a whole may be classified into four distinctive categories:
To gain additional professional knowledge in the fields of Industrial design, Mechanical engineering design, Electronics, Fluid mechanics and Agricultural machinery. This goal will be partially achieved by organizing the appropriate lectures, given by specialists in the field and partially by students performing autonomous research by studying the available literature and other public sources of information (e.g. internet).
To acquire communication skills. Students will learn to use the communication equipment autonomously. They will share messages with other team members simultaneously, keeping all involved partners informed. They will organize presentations and present their work publicly to other groups, instructors, and industrial specialists and users. Individual ideas will have to be presented to other team members at a long distance geographically using the available communication media (videoconference equipment, documents and messages sent by emails, chat sessions, etc.).
To acquire teamwork skills. Students will be organized into groups and will try to define the list of activities, necessary for completion of the assignment. They will develop the skills to formulate a concept by starting from scratch. They will organize brainstorming sessions to express and discuss the ideas and to evaluate them. Because students come from different universities, they will bring together different knowledge and experience. It is therefore expected that multiple aspects of the concept will be thoroughly considered. Students will share the individual tasks, which will be agreed upon in their team meetings. Students will learn to overcome the cultural and mental differences between the fellow team members. The teamwork will be presented publicly to other groups and the instructors.
To materialize the concept. The industrial partner expects the elaboration of the chosen concept in the form of a working physical prototype. In order to achieve this, the project work has to be carefully planed and the milestones met at prescribed deadlines. The students will use local workshop facilities to materialize the components or purchase standard parts (components). The final product will be assembled during the workshop at the host University.