June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
26.527.1 - 26.527.2
Development of a Semester Long High School Introduction to Engineering Design Course for a Prototypical Classroom Brief 100 word description The SparkFun Introduction 2 Design (SI2D) High School course provides an introduction to engineering through a series of teambased design projects using products from SparkFun Electronics in a prototypical classroom. This curriculum was based on a First Year Projects Course taught at the [University]. Students learn key engineering skills in various disciplines including electrical, mechanical, and software design. Also, students practice written and oral communication, teamwork, and management of longterm teambased projects. The 18week course integrates lowcost, opensource SparkFun products in order to transform a prototypical classroom into a modern engineering design facility. Description of materials: The course consists of three main elements: lectures, workshops, and design projects. The lectures introduce important engineering design concepts like the design loop as well as technical content on various engineering disciplines. Workshops are interspersed to practice technical skills required for the successful completion of the design projects. Workshop topics include circuit design, soldering, CAD, Arduino coding, and others. These lectures and workshops use products from SparkFun Electronics to integrate handson learning in a prototypical classroom. Finally, the course includes two design projects. The introductory design project is a shortterm (two week) fastpaced design project that is meant to force teams into making rapid design iterations. The scope of the project is smaller than the final design project, but the time is more constrained and requires only household items. The final design project is a longterm (twelve week) expansive design project that requires teams to develop custom electrical, mechanical, and software components using SparkFun products. The project includes many milestones to ensure progress by the team and builds upon the SparkFun Simon Tilts device in order to create a unique design. The SI2D High School course converts a classroom with only power outlets and community computers into an advanced design facility.
Segil, J. L., & Huang, B., & Diamond, L. (2015, June), Development of a Semester-long High School Introduction to Engineering Design Course for a Prototypical Classroom (Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23866
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