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Open-source Hardware – Microcontrollers and Physics Education – Integrating DIY Sensors and Data Acquisition with Arduino

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Engineering Physics & Physics Division Technical Session 3

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Engineering Physics & Physics

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26.1205.1 - 26.1205.13



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Brian Huang SparkFun Electronics

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Brian Huang is an Education Engineer for SparkFun Electronics, a cutting edge open-source hardware and electronics education company. Brian started his career in engineering with wireless transport technologies for ADC Telecommunications in Minneapolis, MN. While working at ADC, Brian volunteered at the Science Museum of Minnesota and quickly discovered a passion for teaching and working with students - especially in an environment that fostered and supported the “wow” factor associated with inquiry and discovery. In 2007, Brian left the world of engineering to pursue a career in education. For the past 5 years, Brian has taught various levels of high school physics, mathematics, applied technology, and robotics.

Brian joined Sparkfun Electronics to help integrate “tinkering,” electronics, and computational thinking into the classroom. One of his goals is to help teachers to de-mystify how household consumer electronics work. With a few simple tools, classrooms can excite and encourage students to explore the possibilities of microcontrollers, electronics, and physical computing.

Brian Huang has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Open­source Hardware ­­ Microcontrollers and Physics Education ­ Integrating  DIY Sensors and Data Acquisition with Arduino  Using the simplicity and power of the open­source community, we have developed a series of experiments, activities, and labs to investigate, measure, and analyze physics phenomena.. For many years, data collection devices from Pasco and Vernier have helped classrooms gain a better insight. With the ease of use of the Arduino environment, instructors, lecturers, and lab managers can take this to the next level. In this paper, we will present a series of experiments, Students will build their own data acquisition devices to model and build an understanding around data measurement, uncertainty, and calibration.  In this paper, we will present a variety of projects around teaching circuits, capacitance, and other physics areas using Arduino. 

Huang, B. (2015, June), Open-source Hardware – Microcontrollers and Physics Education – Integrating DIY Sensors and Data Acquisition with Arduino Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24542

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