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Multi-Institutional Development of Mobile Studio Based Education and OutreachThe Mobile Studio I/OBoard is a small, inexpensive hardware platform for use in a home,classroom or remote environment. When coupled with the Mobile Studio Desktop software, thesystem duplicates a large amount of the hardware often used to teach Electrical Engineering,Computer Engineering, Control Systems, Physics courses and K-12 technology-orientedcourses. The project's goal is to enable hands-on exploration of science, technology, engineeringand mathematics (STEM) education principles, devices, and systems that have historically beenrestricted to expensive laboratory facilities. The Mobile Studio Project is now being utilized toenhance STEM education around the world. Mobile Studio instrumentation capabilities aresimilar to those available with traditional, stand alone instruments, but the experience of buildinga course or outreach activity can be quite different. Thus, a significant milestone for this newpedagogy is the expansion of its use beyond the original core partner institutions. The MobileStudio learning platform began development at three schools, where it has been used to teachElectrical Engineering courses for both majors and non-majors. This activity has recently beenexpanded to additional schools with some notable early success that demonstrates how thisapproach can be transferred elsewhere, eventually improving programs at the original partnerschools. The development sequence at one school, in particular, shows how this process can bevery effective. In the summer of 2009, the board was used in a 2-week summer program wherehigh school students get a preview of college life through activities built around the research ofparticipating faculty. The materials developed were then used by one of their other colleagues ina first year Introduction to Engineering course offered as two half-semester, lab-based modules,for 2 credits each. The instructor also utilized the materials in the a university-high schoolpartnership in which a high school chemistry teacher brought six students to a research center labfor three sessions during spring 2010, on a series of late Wednesday afternoons, where theyworked through the Mobile Studio activities of the summer program. The materials developed atthis school are now being used to develop new first year courses at two other universities,including one involved in the original Mobile Studio development project. Content developmentcontinues at several schools with new partners being added, including some in Africa. In additionto application in Electrical Engineering education and outreach, Mobile Studio materials arebeing developed by and for students in Adolescent Education and Computer Science at a smallliberal arts college. Activities at all involved schools have added significantly to the value ofMobile Studio pedagogy.
Connor, K. A., & Scott, C. J., & Chouikha, M. F., & Wilson, A. M., & Anderson, A., & Astatke, Y., & Berry, F. C., & Newman, D., & O'Rourke, J. E., & Little, T. D., & Millard, D. L. (2011, June), Multi-Institutional Development of Mobile Studio Based Education and Outreach Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18549
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