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Encouraging Interest In Engineering Through Embedded System Design

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Portable/Embedded Computing I

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9.528.1 - 9.528.14

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John Staver

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Naiqian Zhang

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Masaaki Mizuno

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Gurdip Singh

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Mitchell Neilsen

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Donald Lenhert

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Session 1620

Encouraging Interest In Engineering Through Embedded System Design

M.L. Neilsen1, D.H. Lenhert2, M. Mizuno1, G. Singh1, J. Staver3, N. Zhang4, K. Kramer3, W.J. Rust3, Q. Stoll4, and M.S. Uddin4 1 Department of Computing and Information Sciences, College of Engineering, Kansas State University (KSU), {neilsen,masaaki,singh}* 2 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, KSU,* 3 College of Education, KSU, {staver,kkramer,wjr}* 4 Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, KSU,*


Rapid advances in embedded systems present significant opportunities for fundamental change in education, at all levels, with a greater focus on active, collaborative learning. These advances can be exploited by integrating them into the elementary and middle school curriculums and by having students work in teams to develop innovative new solutions to embedded design problems in science and engineering. Such hands-on activities provide concrete experiences for abstract lessons in math and science and motivate students to learn more complex abstract concepts.

A collaborative research experience for upper elementary and middle school teachers has been initiated at Kansas State University to enable teachers to become agents of change and engage their students in the engineering process at an early age – before high school. This is the time when many students begin formulating career directions, and we want them to consider computing sciences and engineering as viable career options. This paper describes the structure of our Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site in real-time embedded system design, and the lessons we have learned during its first year in operation.

1 Introduction

The number of embedded electronic systems used in automobiles, industrial automation, and other control systems continues to increase dramatically. These systems typically include subsystems with separate processors. The processors must communicate to coordinate their activities. A typical system consists of an interconnected collection of distributed processors * This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Grant No. 0227709. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Staver, J., & Zhang, N., & Mizuno, M., & Singh, G., & Neilsen, M., & Lenhert, D. (2004, June), Encouraging Interest In Engineering Through Embedded System Design Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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