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Service Learning: Industrial Embedded Systems Course

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Computers in Education Division - General Technical Session 2

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Computers in Education

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23.1065.1 - 23.1065.12



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Steven F Barrett University of Wyoming

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Dr. Steven F. Barrett, P.E., received the B.S. in Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1979, the M.E.E.E. from the University of Idaho at Moscow in 1986, and the Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. He was formally an active duty faculty member and professor at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado and is now professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate dean for Academic Programs, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Wyoming. He is a senior member of IEEE and chief faculty advisor of Tau Beta Pi. His research interests include digital and analog image processing, computer-assisted laser surgery, and embedded control systems. He is a registered professional engineer in Wyoming and Colorado. He authored/co-authored several textbooks on microcontrollers and embedded systems. His book, “A Little Book on Teaching,” was published by Morgan and Claypool Publishers in 2012. In 2004, Barrett was named “Wyoming Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching and in 2008 was the recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Professional Engineers in Higher Education, Engineering Education Excellence Award.

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Ivo Wambeke

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Service Learning: Industrial Embedded Systems CourseService learning is defined by the National Service-Learning Clearing House as “a teaching and learningstrategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich thelearning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” A service learningcapstone project was incorporated into a senior/graduate level industrial control course. The courseprovides instruction on control system design commonly encountered in industry. The design of controlsystems incorporating programmable logic controllers and microcontrollers is covered along withaccompanying laboratory work to reinforce course concepts. To integrate course concepts, practiceteam design skills and expose students to service learning; students were required to complete acapstone service learning project. The students worked in a large team effort to design, construct, testand deliver a Concrete Curing Box (CCB) for use in a high school STEM recruiting and enrichmentprogram. This paper will discuss how the service learning program was constructed and integrated intothe course, the objectives of the service learning component and the results of the project. The CCB willbe used as a case study to illustrate service learning in action.

Barrett, S. F., & Wambeke, I. (2013, June), Service Learning: Industrial Embedded Systems Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22450

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