July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies
BYOE: Fabrication, implementation, and design of a remote lab setup for a sensors and transducers course. Traditionally, a Sensors (or otherwise called instrumentation course) have learning goals focused on engaging students in laboratory exercises seeking to extract numeric values from experiments by using laboratory equipment. For example, this could be measuring the temperature water while heating, and depending on the major and student experience, assembly of the associated electronics during the lab period is often included. Presently, labs are often either: 1) a series of disconnected/disjointed labs only focused on a single-sensor-application or 2) Prefabricated equipment setups purchased from education companies, which are often costly and have a small scope with very limited possibility for future modifications. Both also suffer from “cookie-cutter” type approaches, which stifle students from experiencing true engineering design methods. Both existing solutions often have no flexibility to be switched between in-person and online teaching, if it is even possible to be implemented online. In this BYOE presentation, we present the design, fabrication, and implementation of a hybrid Sensors and Transducers Active eNgineering Design-bench, or STAND. The STAND was constructed at a major university in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 to provide a sensors laboratory experience with multiple sensors and actuators in a connected setup. The STAND has been used in Summer and Fall 2020 to provide remote students with real experimental data performed real-time. This BYOE paper will show the possible experiments that can be performed, the adaptability and robustness the STAND has in developing new future experiments, and highlight the fabrication and steps needed for creating. Finally, a discussion about the needed technology support and computer software will be presented along with pros/cons for using different types of technology. Presently there are over 10 sensors installed and a live experiment using the equipment will be performed to show the validity of the results presented. The experiment will show the unique features of the STAND that allow for students to engage in higher-level thinking.
Trudgen, M., & May, D. (2021, July), BYOE: Fabrication, Implementation, and Design of a Remote Lab Setup for a Sensors and Transducers Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36777
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