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Senior Design Projects Using Basic-Stamp Microcontrollers

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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

Capstone and Design Projects

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Engineering Technology

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26.1364.1 - 26.1364.13



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Antonio Jose Soares P.E. Florida A&M University

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Antonio Soares was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida in December 1998. He continued his education by obtaining a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in December of 2000 with focus on semiconductor devices, semiconductor physics, Optoelectronics and Integrated Circuit Design. Antonio then worked for Medtronic as a full-time Integrated Circuit Designer until November 2003. Antonio started his pursuit of the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in January 2004 under the supervision of Dr. Reginald Perry. Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Soares was immediately hired as an assistant professor (Tenure Track) in the Electronic Engineering Technology department at FAMU. Dr. Soares received his Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor in summer 2014. Dr. Soares is conducting research in education (STEM), Optoelectronics, nanotechnology and robotics.

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Doreen Kobelo Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. Doreen Kobelo is an Assistant Professor at Florida A&M University in School of Architecture, Division of Engineering Technology. Her primary research interest is on traffic operation and safety. Dr. Kobelo is currently working on studying traffic operation and safety in third world countries in particular Africa and how it affects their economy. She also has been working with minorities in the STEM fields and encouraging students to consider STEM related careers. She received her Master and PhD in Civil Engineering from Florida State University with her research focusing on safety analyses of non limited access roadways and interchanges respectively. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam and her major area of concentration was structural and Transportation Engineering.

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Chao Li Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. Chao Li works at Florida A&M University as an associate professor in Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) Program. He teaches Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology Courses. He obtained his BSEE degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University and MSEE degree from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He received his PhD in EE from Florida International University. He is an IEEE senior member and a member in ASEE. His research interests include signal processing, embedded microcontroller design, and application of new instructional technology in classroom instruction.

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G. Thomas Bellarmine P.E. Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Senior Design Projects Using Basic-Stamp MicrocontrollersThe EET Program at our institution offers two microprocessor courses. The first course is CET2123 Microprocessor Fundamentals, where basic concepts in the microprocessor, including theassembly language and the hardware architecture are introduced. The second course is CET 4149Microprocessor Interfacing and covers more advanced topics and concepts, such as ADC(Analog to Digital Converter), serial port communication and timers. Both courses make use ofthe PIC18 microcontroller, which has become a significant player in industry as well as amonghobbyists. Despite the fact that the first course is required and most students take the secondcourse as a technical elective, students rarely have used this particular microcontroller for theirother class and/or capstone projects. This may be due the fact that laboratories in these coursesusually focus on single topics, where a particular concept is tested. Students don’t have theopportunity to work on an integrated design project, including the software and the hardware. Asa result, students feel they do not have the full knowledge required to use the microcontroller in acomplete engineering design project.The addition of a new course in robotics, and the involvement of the EET program in the annualIEEE Southeastcon Hardware Competition, have introduced our students to several third partydevelopment boards, such as Arduino and Basic Stamp. Unlike the PIC18 microcontroller, thesedevelopment boards provide a pre-assembled hardware platform, which include the necessaryperipheries and programming libraries.In this paper, the authors present the current trend in the EET program regarding the selection ofa microcontroller for capstone projects by our students. The introduction of the new course,(Introduction to Robotics) which makes used of the Parallax Basic Stamp Module, has made theBasic Stamp the number one platform picked by seniors for capstone projects during the last twoyears. First, the basic stamp module, microcontroller and supporting board are introduced. Then,a brief description of how it is used in the robotics course, including some projects, is presentedfollowed by discussion of some successful capstone project based on the basic stamp module.Finally, the correlation between the extensive use of the basic stamp and student recent line ofemployment is presented.

Soares, A. J., & Kobelo, D., & Li, C., & Bellarmine, G. T. (2015, June), Senior Design Projects Using Basic-Stamp Microcontrollers Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24701

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