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P12 Resource Exchange – Electronics of Everyday Things

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division: Curriculum and Resource Exchange

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division

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Jacquelyn Kay Nagel James Madison University

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Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. She has eight years of diversified engineering design experience, both in academia and industry, and has experienced engineering design in a range of contexts, including product design, bio-inspired design, electrical and control system design, manufacturing system design, and design for the factory floor. Dr. Nagel earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and her M.S. and B.S. in manufacturing engineering and electrical engineering, respectively, from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Nagel’s long-term goal is to drive engineering innovation by applying her multidisciplinary engineering expertise to instrumentation and manufacturing challenges.

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Steve E. Watkins Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Dr. Steve E. Watkins is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla. His interests include educational innovation. He is active in IEEE, HKN, SPIE, and ASEE including service as the 2015-17 Zone III Chair. His Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Austin (1989).

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Electronics projects can connect concepts in engineering and measurement to other STEM topics. Use of the versatile 555 timer integrated circuit (IC) is shown for projects that produce light, sound, and motion outputs that are similar to those found in everyday devices, e.g. telephones, appliances, and toys. The resources illustrate how this low-cost IC can serve as a central element for control and switching applications with opportunities for students to explore electrical experimentation, measurement, and re-design. The activities are appropriate to supplement physical science and algebra courses at the 9th-grade level and beyond.

Nagel, J. K., & Watkins, S. E. (2016, June), P12 Resource Exchange – Electronics of Everyday Things Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25848

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