June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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Enhance Project-Based Learning Experience for Undergraduate Students with Wireless Sensor NetworkAbstractThe advancement of technology has changed the way how industries operate. With currentadvancement of computer and communication technology; the agriculture industry istransforming from labor-intensive to more and more technology-relying. To support the evergrowing world population with limited farm land, researchers investigate the concept ofprecision agriculture, which helps to increase farm produces by using less resources. Precisionagriculture successfully uses technology like Decision Support System (DSS) and Informationand Communication Technology (ICT). The convenience and wide availability of smart devicesmake such technology accessible to small farms. Based on these observation, a project-basedlearning opportunity is offered to students in _____. In the project, students investigate researchfocuses on a real-time DSS for smart irrigation. Field sensors collect temperature, humidityinformation, and transmit them through Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). WSN, which isoperated based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standards, contains nodes that are used to help transmitdata to a gateway. Mobile devices programs, such as iPhone and iPad applications are developedfor farmers to help them make decisions . The use of mobile devices in the farm will give thefarmers the ability and convenience to observe data and make decisions in real time manner.The WSN based DSS was successfully setup and tested by several senior design groups. Basedon the success of the project, related topics will be included in a special topic course, which willbe offered in the Department of Engineering Technology. Through these activities, studentsgained hand-on experiences on computing, communication, as well as smart sensor technologies.Students increased their confidence in pursuing future career opportunities in theabovementioned areas, especially in agriculture and engineering. By doing so, not only thestudents were equipped with cutting edge technology but also they will be more competitive intheir future careers. The teaching project also provided a platform for collaboration amongeducators from diversified disciplines for enhancing agricultural and engineering education at______.
Wang, Y., & Cui, S. (2015, June), Enhance Project-based Learning Experience for Undergraduate Students with Wireless Sensor Network Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23991
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