June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
NSF Grantees Poster Session
24.119.1 - 24.119.15
A Systems-Centric, Foundational Experience in Circuits P. Flikkema, R. Franklin, J. Frolik, C. Haden, A. Ohta, W. Shiroma, S. Thomas and T. WellerThere is a broad and growing consensus that tomorrow’s engineers must not only be innovativebut also be able to deploy new problem-solving skills to successfully tackle the National Academyof Engineering’s Grand Challenges. One discipline that is pivotal in addressing these challengesis electrical and computer engineering (ECE). However, ECE curricula nationwide are dominatedby a bottom-up, silo approach to subject matter that does not develop the systems-thinking skillsneeded by today’s graduates. Consequently, there is a tremendous need to transform today’sECE curricula to address the role of electronic solutions in systems-centric contexts.This NSF-sponsored project is developing learning modules that integrate circuit and systemsconcepts in a foundational Circuits course, forming a new set of conceptual cornerstones forengineering students. Both lecture and experiential learning materials are being designed to linkcircuit topics to relevant, compelling challenges in the fields of health, energy, and environment.The project is being conducted by PIs at five geographically and demographically diverseinstitutions with an eye toward ensuring the learning modules are readily portable to otherinstitutions. The paper will outline the scope of the project, its goals and objectives, and will detailexample learning modules.
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