Sun. June 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Free ticketed event
This event is free and sponsored by Digilent, Inc. Attendees should bring a computer with a Windows operating system to the workshop.
Many future engineering challenges will span two or more of the traditional engineering disciplines. For example, 3D printing clearly involves electrical and mechanical engineering (not to mention materials science/chemical engineering and computer science). As another example, the creation, deployment, and maintenance of autonomous vehicles similarly involve multiple disciplines. A common denominator to many of these challenges is the use of electronics and electrical circuits for sensing and interacting with the surrounding environment.
In this workshop we will demonstrate how students can learn about circuits through hands-on, project-based, open-ended exercises. A key component to enhancing the learning experience is the use of student-owned equipment where the students are freed from the constraints associated with traditional laboratory environments. We will discuss how low-cost, student-owned hardware can be used to teach not only the fundamentals of analog and digital circuits, but also various aspects of engineering design. We will also discuss the different points throughout the curriculum (ranging from introductory courses to senior design) where the use of student-owned equipment can facilitate learning. Finally, because student-owned equipment untethers students from traditional labs, the ways in which off-campus (e.g., distance-degree students) can be engaged in laboratory courses will be presented.
Participants will leave the workshop with electronic instrumentation provided by Digilent, Inc., as well as with example instructional materials so that participants can easily adopt this innovative technique in their own courses.