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A Mini-Maker Faire

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference

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Waco, Texas

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March 24, 2021

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March 24, 2021

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March 26, 2021

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10

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https://peer.asee.org/36356

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Wei Zhan Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9956-1910

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Dr. Wei Zhan is a Professor of Electronic Systems Engineering Technology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Zhan earned his D.Sc. in Systems Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 1991. From 1991 to 1995, he worked at University of California, San Diego and Wayne State University. From 1995 to 2006, he worked in the automotive industry as a system engineer. In 2006 he joined the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology faculty at Texas A&M. His research activities include control system theory and applications to industry, system engineering, robust design, modeling, simulation, quality control, and optimization.

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Yonghui Wang Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Yonghui Wang received his B.S. in Optoelectronics from Xidian University in 1993, his M.S. in electrical engineering from Beijing Polytechnic University in 1999; and his Ph.D. in computer engineering from Mississippi State University in 2003. From 1993 to 1996, he was a Research Engineer with the 41st Electrical Research Institute in Bengbu, China. From July 1999 to December 1999, he worked as an IT Specialist in IBM China, Beijing, China. He is currently with the Department of Computer Science, Prairie View A&M University. His research interests include digital signal processing, image and video coding, and artificial intelligence.

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Bugrahan Yalvac Texas A&M University

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Bugrahan Yalvac is an associate professor of science and engineering education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University, College Station. He received his Ph.D. in science education at the Pennsylvania State University in 2005. Prior to his current position, he worked as a learning scientist for the VaNTH Engineering Research Center at Northwestern University for three years. Yalvac’s research is in STEM education, 21st century skills, and design and evaluation of learning environments informed by the How People Learn framework.

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Byul Hur Texas A&M University

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Dr. B. Hur received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Yonsei University, in Seoul, Korea, in 2000, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, in 2007 and 2011, respectively. In 2017, he joined the faculty of Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. USA, where he is currently an Assistant Professor. He worked as a postdoctoral associate from 2011 to 2016 at the University Florida previously. His research interests include Mixed-signal/RF circuit design and testing, measurement automation, environmental & biomedical data measurement, and educational robotics development.

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Abstract

Maker Culture can be used in Engineering Technology programs to enhance student learning. This paper discusses an ongoing effort since 2019 to implement Maker Culture in a control systems course in an engineering technology program. One of the major activities in the implementation of Maker Culture is holding a Mini-Maker Faire at the end of the semester for students to show their designs of products. This is the results of their course projects. Student teams are supposed to do demonstration and presentation in the Min-Maker Faire. In the Spring semester of 2020, due to Vovid-19, the labs were not accessible to students during the second half of the semester. As a result, the Maker Culture implementation was forced to stop. In the Fall semester of 2020, the laboratories are accessible to students, as long as students follow the requirements such as wearing masks and keeping social distance. Therefore, it is possible for student teams to work together on course projects. However, due to the number of students involved, it is impossible to find a room large enough to fit 74 students, several faculty members, and other external evaluators without violating the specific room capacity determined by the university during Covid-19. To make things worse, at this stage of the implementation, the Mini-Maker Faire is supposed to involve students from two universities. Based on the current circumstance, a decision has been made to conduct the Mini-Maker Faire using Zoom. All the demonstrations and presentations will be recorded as video clips and uploaded to YouTube. A link will be provided to students and faculty members for evaluation. ____ University and _____ University will work together on the Mini-Maker Faire. For the Fall semester of 2020, students at ____ University will present their projects and students at ___ University will participate in the evaluation. It is planned that next year, the two universities will conduct a joint Mini-Maker Faire. Google Doc will be used for evaluation of the course projects. Lessons learned, implementation details, and student evaluations will be included in the paper.

Zhan, W., & Wang, Y., & Yalvac, B., & Hur, B. (2021, March), A Mini-Maker Faire Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/36356

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