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Applications of Arduino Microcontroller in Student Projects in a Community College

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Arduinos, Microcontrollers, Inexpensive Robotics, and Other Tech Bytes

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Two Year College Division

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

25.197.1 - 25.197.7

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https://peer.asee.org/20957

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George Tremberger Jr. Queensborough Community College, CUNY

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Raul Armendariz Ph.D. Queensborough Community College, CUNY

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Helio Takai Brookhaven National Laboratory

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Helio Takai is an Elementary Particle and Nuclear Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor at Stony Brook University.

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Todd Holden Queensborough Community College, CUNY

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Todd Holden is an Associate Professor in the Physics Department of Queensborough Community College of CUNY. His current research interests include bioinformatics and microbial fuel cells. He also mentors student research projects.

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Shermane Austin Medgar Evers College, CUNY

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Leon P. Johnson Medgar Evers College, CUNY

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Paul J. Marchese Queensborough Community College, CUNY

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David H. Lieberman Queensborough Community College, CUNY

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Tak Cheung Queensborough Community College, CUNY

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Tak Cheung, Ph.D., professor of physics, teaches in Queensborough Community College, CUNY. He also conducts research and mentors student research projects.

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Abstract

American Society Energizing Education submissionJune 10-14 San Antonio, Texas 2012Applications of Arduino microcontroller in student projects in a community collegeAbstractArduino microcontroller has been incorporated in our community college student projectsincluding interface with GPS receiver for the application of measuring ionosphericdisturbance. Our Arduino microcontroller was designed with an ATmega328 chip whichenables the training of our community college students to work on the CUNYminiaturized satellite CubeSat project at the NASA critical review phase. The Arduinoteaching protocol was implemented with our experience in teaching National InstrumentsLabVIEW controlled data acquisition board and Lego Mindstorms NXT programminglessons. Particular satellite engineering criteria such as power consumption, interfacealgorithm, etc are highlighted in contrast to those criteria in regular data acquisitionenvironment. The timing issue in CubeSat environment necessitates the inclusion ofnumber crunching in the Arduino lessons as well. Arduino microcontroller applicationwas found to be supportive in a laser lab class where students learn about general labcontrol and data acquisition techniques in addition to their laser work. Less criticalapplications such as FM detection with Arduino microcontrollers are popular in hobbyelectronics and usually attract the attention of students readily in an introductory session.Currently an application of Arduino microcontroller in field operation is being developedwith Brookhaven National Lab to strengthen our engineering technology curriculum.Extension to the use of Arduino microcontroller in atmospheric disturbance studies isalso discussed.

Tremberger, G., & Armendariz, R., & Takai, H., & Holden, T., & Austin, S., & Johnson, L. P., & Marchese, P. J., & Lieberman, D. H., & Cheung, T. (2012, June), Applications of Arduino Microcontroller in Student Projects in a Community College Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20957

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