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Introducing Advanced Engineering Topics to Freshmen Students Using Roomba PlatformThis paper describes integration of Roomba autonomous vacuum cleaner robot into Introductionto Engineering course offered by the Department of Engineering Science at Sonoma StateUniversity. The main purpose of introducing low-cost Roomba platform is to teach introductoryengineering concepts, such as number systems, microcontrollers, serial and parallel interfaces,sensor technologies, wireless technology, high-level programming language such as LabVIEW.Furthermore, as a final course design project, using the Roomba platform, teams of freshmenstudents will be able to design their own creative projects involving camera, sound, light,sensors, and even LEGO for creating arms and other moving parts.The key purpose of this course and introducing Roomba platform was to provide an overview oftopics which Engineering and Computer Science students will learn in details in the upcomingseveral semesters. Consequently, the lectures and laboratory assignments in the new Introductionto Engineering course were designed to satisfy the following learning objectives for students intheir freshman year: (1) gaining basic knowledge about digital/analog circuitries; (2) receivinghands-on experience with microprocessors and interfacing; (3) being able to develop simpleembedded code to control electromechanical systems; (4) Obtaining working knowledge aboutadvanced topics so they can build more advanced projects in their future classes; (5) learningabout team work and collaborative projects. As we will describe in this paper, our findingdemonstrates that early rigorous introduction of these concepts to Engineering and ComputerScience students can excel student performance in more advanced engineering courses,transforming them to more knowledgeable and experienced professionals.In this paper we also show how interested and more advanced student teams can develop moreinvolved projects. We conclude the paper by showing student responses to the quantitative andfree-form questions concerning the integration of Roomba.
Farahmand, F., & Moslehpour, S. (2011, June), Introducing Advanced Engineering Topics to Freshmen Students Using Roomba Platform Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18161
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