June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Operating and performing experiments with real equipment is an integral part of learning process for many engineering, technology and physical science courses. However, equipment costs, high student-to-equipment ratios, and limited lab space are often obstacles to providing these experiences to students. Advances in computing and network technology have enabled equipment to be remotely controlled via the internet. Therefore, students can access equipment and perform experiments remotely by using their computers. This paper describes a system set up and remote lab exercise that allows students to perform experiments after hours. Students initially had difficulty performing tasks remotely due to computer setup and browser differences. After a presentation on how to navigate the system, students became more familiar with the system and were able to do the experiments. Initial results from a survey of users at a two-year college indicated that students were interested in the new setup and welcomed this approach since most were part time students who had full-time jobs outside the classroom.
Song, J., & Hsieh, S., & Sherry, D. M. (2017, June), Board # 149 : MAKER: Remote Control of Festo Modular Production System for Education on Programmable Logic Control (PLC) and Robotics Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27770
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