June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Energy Conversion and Conservation
23.1000.1 - 23.1000.9
Promoting STEM with an Electric Energy SystemThe SCHOOL NAME has been designated by the NAME as a demonstration Net-Zero Energyinstallation. With a primary mission of education, SCHOOL NAME has an opportunity tocontribute to the Net-Zero Energy effort while at the same time promoting Science, Technology,Engineering, and Math (STEM). Within SCHOOL NAME, the Department of Electrical andComputer Engineering has developed a Green Energy Lab to further our understanding of solar,wind, and other energy generation technologies and their applications. Over the last severalyears and in the current year, undergraduate senior capstone teams have developed a highlymobile energy system. This mobile energy system consists of an all-electric off-road vehicle andtrailer that generates its own power through solar, wind, and mechanical sources. The completesystem can be taken, or driven, to virtually any location or venue such as University Footballgames, graduation, and local energy related events. This gives the system significant exposureas it can be seen by many people of all ages including children from first grade thru high school,who are primary STEM targets. The green energy technologies built into the system allow for asignificant amount of hands on demonstrations and fun experiments that can be done right in afootball stadium parking lot. In the classroom, the system is constantly being upgraded by oursenior design capstone teams requiring these students to acquire in-depth, hands-on knowledgeof many different systems including multiple voltage levels, AC and DC power conversion,energy storage and transmission, economics, and many others. This paper describes the energysystem, the STEM outreach benefits, and the relevance to undergraduate engineering. Wespecifically describe the multidisciplinary teams that include electrical, computer, mechanical,human factors, and systems engineering majors.
DUPE Mundy, A., & Laffely, A., & Cooper, B. J., & York, G., & Hess, H. L. (2013, June), Promoting STEM with an Electric Energy System Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22385
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