Free ticketed event
Electronics has become an integral part of our life. Everything we use today has some form of electronics. Our cell phones and computers use powerful microprocessors, electronic components, and circuits. Basic electronics and circuitry is very important for all engineers, not just electrical engineers. However, learning about electronics and circuits is usually considered dry and boring. It does not have to be that way. One way to make teaching electronics interesting is by allowing students to design their own gadgets that they can wear and show off. Examples of such gadgets include the design of a tie that lights up, or an earring that displays changing bright colors. It may be a hair bow designed with bright color LEDs or a bike helmet that can change colors in the night. It may be a jacket with built-in GPS, or a dance costume, or, friendship bracelet that can talk. The possibilities are endless, and it is up to the imagination of students. This workshop will focus on introducing wearable technology using an Arduino compatible wearable microcontroller.
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal
Dr. Mariappan “Jawa” Jawaharlal, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, has more than 20 years of academic, industrial and entrepreneurial experience in engineering and is renowned for his innovative, engaging teaching pedagogy. He received the California State University System’s highest honor, the Wang Family Excellence Outstanding Faculty Award, as well as the Provost’s Award, the Northrop Grumman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Fellowship in the Biomimicry Institute. At Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, he was one of the first faculty members recruited to develop a new engineering program with a $100 million donation.
Dr. Jawa is founder and director of Robotics Education through Active Learning (REAL), a K-12 outreach robotics program that educates thousands each year and culminates in the Annual Robot Rally, the nation’s largest robotics event. He also co-founded the Femineers (Female Engineers), which the White House recognized for its empowerment of young women to become engineers.
Since founding an online education company in 1998, Dr. Jawa has developed hundreds of interactive, engrossing learning modules, online tutorials, and CSU course redesigns focusing on bottleneck courses. He has brought many new engineering and robotic products to market from mere concept stages. He also writes columns for The Huffington Post and Medium on various K-12 and higher education topics. A marathon runner and scuba diver, he has completed 25 marathons and has run across the Grand Canyon from rim to rim to rim.
Dr. Kristina Rigden
As the Outreach Program Director for the College of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, I provide several different outreach programming events to engage K-12 female students to pursue STEM majors and/or careers. These outreach events range from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to the Femineer™ Program to the Cal Poly Pomona Women in Engineering (CPP WE) program.
My research focus is culturally responsive andragogy in a synchronous virtual learning environment which entails best practices for teaching international adult students in a virtual environment by using cultural teaching strategies. From this research, I have been able to develop faculty workshops focusing on curriculum ideologies, andagogy, technology best practices, and alternatives to written corrective feedback using technology. I am eager to publish my research and continue to develop my educational ideology.
Nicole Gutzke is a program coordinator with Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering (CoE) Project Lead the Way and Women in Engineering. As the PLTW Coordinator, she is heavily involved in growing Cal Poly Pomona’s PLTW Summer Core Training Institute into a seven-week event that introduces hundreds of K-12 educators to the latest in STEM-related curriculum. As the CPP WE Coordinator, Nicole helps to recruit, retain, and graduate hundreds of female engineers each year through outreach events. Nicole also provides support for the CPP CoE Femineers™, a program that was recognized by the White House in 2015.
Dr. Cordelia Ontiveros P.E.
Dr. Ontiveros is currently
the interim associate vice president for Faculty Affairs, Cal Poly Pomona