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Affordable computing power and open source hardware have provided many opportunities to enhance STEM education for students. Consequently, numerous electronic retailers offer a diverse array of electronic or educational kits, however without a structured pedagogical framework, students without any prior experience simply learn how to interact with individual components and miss out on how they can be integrated into a system. In this paper, we present our experience in implementing a freshman mechanical engineering course focused on the following main objectives: 1) promoting a computation mindset, 2) encouraging programming multilingualism, 3) providing opportunities to develop essential troubleshooting skills of hardware and software programs, and 4) stimulating self-learning of new hardware. The students’ lab experiences begin with a structured presentation of analog and digital components and culminates with an open-ended project where students are tasked with developing a robot racer to compete with other students. During the course, students begin programming with MATLAB to reinforce programming concepts and transition to using C programming to implement an embedded solution. A survey was provided to learn about the student’s experiences and to help improve future course offerings.
Rodriguez, L. A., & Cook, M. D., & Farrow, W. C. (2020, June), Robot Racing from Targeted Kit-based Components to a Functional System Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35166
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