June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
26.549.1 - 26.549.11
Digital Technology Education Collaborative Second Year Progress ReportAbstractThe electronics world is undergoing a transformation in the underlying technologies used tocreate new products for the world’s consumers. The movement to reconfigurable digital systemsusing Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and microcontrollers is sweeping theelectronics world in the rush to create smaller, faster, and more flexible consumer and industrialdevices. The Community College has put together a team of educational partners spanning thecountry with the background and skills necessary to create a vibrant virtual center. Teammembers include colleges and universities with a history of reaching out to minority and under-served student populations. Partners on this project have years of successful National ScienceFoundation project implementations educating and training hundreds of instructors andintroducing thousands of students to advanced technologies. The goal of this project is to offer anunprecedented opportunity to bring America’s technicians directly to this cutting edge ofreconfigurable electronics technology. This project will substantially update digital logic coursesby providing the tools and curricular materials needed to replace the now outdated materialsmost commonly used. The updated curriculum will greatly enhance competitiveness forcommunity college graduates seeking to enter the job market or undergraduate engineeringprograms. Secondly, the project will provide colleges with educational equipment up-to-datewith current technological solutions. Most importantly, the project will bring new excitement toeducation by introducing reconfigurable electronics with a new world of possibilities for studentprojects, such as robot competitions, video game design, embedded systems and more. Finally,the project will develop industry, K-12 and university partnerships to facilitate pathways tocareers in the exciting field of reconfigurable electronics for first-generation, minority and otherunder-served populations, including veterans. In summary, this project will provide the trainingand educational resources and promote best practices for community college, university, andhigh school instructors to enable them to teach new hardware technologies to a broad range ofstudents, including those who have not previously had access to this level of training and careerchoice.The paper will address second year project activities including the Faculty ProfessionalDevelopment workshop on VHDL and FPGA design, assessment results and lessons learned, thesummer outreach activity happened at partner institutions, and finally, the undergraduateresearch experience.
Alaraje, N., & Sergeyev, A., & Kief, C. J., & Reutter, J., & Matar, B. H. (2015, June), Digital Technology Education Collaborative Second Year Progress Report Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23887
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