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Multi-Institutional Development of Mobile Studio Based Education and Outreach

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Innovative Instructional Strategies and Curricula in ECE II

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Electrical and Computer

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12

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22.1089.1 - 22.1089.12

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https://peer.asee.org/18549

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Kenneth A. Connor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Dr. Connor is a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering where he teaches courses on plasma physics, electromagnetics, electronics and instrumentation, electric power, and general Engineering. His research involves plasma physics, electromagnetics, photonics, engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning. Since joining the Rensselaer faculty in 1974, he has been continuously involved in research programs at such places as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Universities of Texas and Wisconsin in the U.S., Kyoto and Nagoya Universities in Japan, the Ioffe Institute in Russia, and Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology in Ukraine. He was ECSE Department Head from 2001 - 2008 and served on the board of the ECE Department Heads Association from 2003 - 2008. He is presently the Director of Education for the SMART LIGHTING NSF ERC.

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Craig J. Scott Morgan State University

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Craig Scott, Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Morgan State University, has extensive experience in the development of advanced engineering visualization tools and courseware. Additionally, he has been conducting empirical studies on effective learning technologies, as well as remedial math preparation for engineering students. He teaches courses in electromagnetics, solid state theory, characterization of semiconductor materials, computer vision, and computational electrical engineering.

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Mohamed F. Chouikha Howard University

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Adam M. Wilson College of Saint Rose

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Adam Wilson received his B.S. in computer science from College of Saint Rose in August 2010. He is currently employed at the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Adrianna Anderson College of Saint Rose

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I am an undergraduate student at The College of Saint Rose. I am majoring in Adolescence Education (7-12) in Mathematics. My goal is to be a teacher that goes beyond the math curriculum to engage and motivate students. Many Middle and High School students do not see the use of math in their lives. This is why I want to introduce students to the many applications of math. One way to accomplish this is to encourage STEM education. The classroom should be a place where students learn to make connections to other areas of interest and other subjects. They should know the significance of their education. Therefore, it is my pursuit to make learning meaningful and applicable.

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Yacob Astatke Morgan State University

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Dr. Yacob Astatke completed both his Doctor of Engineering and B.S.E.E. degrees from Morgan State University (MSU) and his M.S.E.E. from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a full time faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at MSU since August 1994 and currently serves as the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. He teaches courses in both analog and digital electronic circuit design and instrumentation. Dr. Astatke has more than 15 years experience in the development and delivery of synchronous and asynchronous web-based course supplements for electrical engineering courses.

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Frederick C. Berry Milwaukee School of Engineering Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3608-8668

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Dianna Newman University at Albany, State University of New York

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Judith E. O'Rourke College of Saint Rose

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Associate professor at The College of Saint Rose with doctorate in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Experienced lecturer in mathematics, computer science and engineering.

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Thomas D.C. Little Boston University

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Thomas D.C. Little is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University. He is Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies for the department and is director of the Multimedia Communications Lab where he is involved in the development of enabling technologies and applications for networked and distributed systems. Prof. Little is Associate Director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, a collaboration of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of New Mexico, and Boston University. Recent efforts include research in video sensor networks and streaming in wireless settings, ubiquitous optical networking with visible light, vehicle-to-vehicle/infrastructure (V2X) communications, and the application of wireless sensors in health monitoring.

Dr. Little received the B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1983, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering and Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University in 1989 and 1991. He is a Senior member of the IEEE, a member of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications and on various program committees.

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Don Lewis Millard National Science Foundation

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Dr. Millard is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is involved with the Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program, the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program and leads the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (TUES) program. Prior to joining NSF, he was the Director of Engineering Education and the Academy of Electronic Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During his many years at Rensselaer, he served as a faculty member of the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Department and directed a number of research centers; including the Center for Integrated Electronics. He is the founder of the Mobile Studio project, which enables students to learn and perform experiments that use an oscilloscope, function generator, digital control, and some form of power supply, at anytime, anyplace. He holds a patent for the development of a laser-induced, plasma-based Non-Contact Electrical Pathway and has received such awards as the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware and the Best Paper Award of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Millard has been voted Professor of the Year on three occasions, selected as RHA Professor of the Month and was chosen as the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Professor in 2009.

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Abstract

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. https://peer.asee.org/18549

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