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Engaging middle school and high school students in STEM through a programming, design, and soldering workshop

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2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference


Boulder, Colorado

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March 25, 2018

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March 25, 2018

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March 27, 2018

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Kevin P Pintong Oregon Institute of Technology

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Kevin Pintong is an assistant professor at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

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While many workshops for high school students cater to software development, few workshops go into both electrical design and programming. A workshop catered to middle school and high school students was developed in order to encourage students to pursue majors such as Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. This workshop focused on circuit design, soldering, and programming at an introductory level. An <animal(omit for review)>-shaped circuit board based around a Microchip PIC32MX250 processor was developed. This board was used to teach participants about circuit components, how to read a bill of materials, how to solder through-hole parts, and finally how to program the board using an Arduino-like development environment called MPIDE. Participants ranged in age from grades 6-12 as well as parents. In this paper, lessons learned and best practices in the design and management of the workshop are explored. The design of the PCB, costs of boards and components are also outlined.

Pintong, K. P. (2018, March), Engaging middle school and high school students in STEM through a programming, design, and soldering workshop Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference, Boulder, Colorado.

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