July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies
This work examines the delivery of quality, hands-on engineering experimentation in a home or remote environment. The course was designed to develop experimental skills in engineering measurement methods, based on electronic instrumentation and computer-based data acquisition systems, using the microcontrollers Raspberry Pi and/or an Arduino. The learning outcomes involved developing student confidence, proficiency in data acquisition, statistical assessment of data, experimental setup and implementation. There were 6 formative modules to develop confidence in making engineering measurements with a variety of sensors and a summative module that involved a student-created, open-ended project involving a minimum of 3 sensors and/or controllers to perform a student-defined integrated objective. An analysis of the student perceived outcomes showed significant learning relative to traditional classroom laboratory instruction. Student engagement was high, and a primary contributing factor perceived by the students was their ability to create or choose their projects, select the sensors, and design their experimental set-up. In summary, we conclude that this anytime-anywhere experimentation laboratory is a viable option for keeping remote students engaged and will continue as a significant enhancement in student learning opportunities.
Sullivan, J. M., & Sabuncu, A. C., & Smedile Rifkin, V. B., & LeChasseur, K., & Keller, C. A. (2021, July), Anytime-anywhere Engineering Experimentation Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36688
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