June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
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Design and Preliminary Evaluation of Portable Kit for Programmable Logic Controller EducationPLC control programming is a complex cognitive skill that requires hands‐on experience todevelop proficiency. Successful automation/control engineers must know how to write PLCprograms to control and troubleshoot the process being automated.Often, because of limitations in equipment availability, students must share equipment. Also, inacademic settings, sometimes lecture and lab times are separated by a period of days, leading todecay of knowledge. To increase access to PLC technology, an educational tool kit calledPortablePLC is being developed. The vision for Portable PLC is to create an open platform thatinstructors and students can use to design, build, experiment, and learn about programmablelogic controllers during lectures and labs or at home, anytime and anywhere.Thirty-five portable PLC kits were designed and built. The kits were evaluated by 39undergraduate students. Pre and post tests were used to assess their understanding of timerinstructions, specifically the Timer On (TON) instruction. Students made statistically significantlearning gains as a result of using PortablePLC, and rated the kit positively in terms of its effecton helping them to learn PLC programming, ease of use, allowing them visualize the process,motivating them to want to learn, and relevance. Most importantly, they responded that theywanted to see more tools like the portable PLC kit.
Hsieh, S. (2015, June), Design and Preliminary Evaluation of a Portable Kit for Programmable Logic Controller Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23797
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