June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies
Industry, healthcare and STEM education have often relegated chemical analysis and other similar tests and measurement tools to laboratories with comparatively expensive and sophisticated equipment, skilled technicians, and well-controlled conditions. Recent technology trends seek to develop minimally-instrumented, portable (handheld) systems that can perform chemical and biochemical analysis of samples outside of laboratory settings. Many analytical methods can be done with imaging and optical detection devices such as smartphones, low-cost digital cameras and USB ‘microscopes’, desktop scanners, and CD players. These pervasive technologies are highly familiar and accessible to students, and offer additional features such as connectivity, data processing and archiving, GPS, cloud computing, and virtual reality. There are many reports spread through research literature in adapting such inexpensive, ubiquitous consumer devices for optical analysis (absorption, fluorescence, luminescence, colorimetry), thermal imaging, product inspection, remote sensing, environmental monitoring, bioassays, and various medical tests. In this paper, we will discuss their use and potential for enabling new paradigms in STEM education, and specifically, as lab components of engineering and science courses, senior design projects, enhancements in on-line education, and reducing the burden on educational institutions by providing inexpensive, easy-to-use, safe, analytical tools to students.
Mauk, M. G., & Chiou, R., & Tseng, T. B. (2019, June), The Future Laboratory: Leveraging Consumer Imaging Devices for Student Projects and Sustainable, Accessible STEM Education. Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33392
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