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The Implementation Of A Classroom Laboratory Paradigm

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Instrumentation and Laboratory Systems

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7.1158.1 - 7.1158.8

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Edwin Zivi

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Jenelle Piepmeier

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The Implementation of a Classroom Laboratory Paradigm

Edwin Zivi, Jenelle Armstrong Piepmeier

U.S. Naval Academy


This paper describes a novel classroom design used in the Systems Engineering department at the United States Naval Academy to more strongly couple the classroom and laboratory experiences for undergraduate systems engineering students. The Systems Engineering department has replaced two roughly equally sized rooms dedicated separately as a laboratory and a classroom with one lab-classroom equal to roughly one and a half times the size of the pre-renovation rooms. Designed for roughly twenty students, the lab-classroom are designed to integrate course- specific engineering laboratory equipment with the traditional lecture environment. The coupling of the physical environments serves to blur the distinction between formerly disparate events including: lecture, computer modeling and simulation, and hardware implementation. Lab- classroom can be dedicated to specific disciplines within the major such as control systems, robotics, environmental engineering, communications, and microprocessors. In addition, our lab- classroom are equipped with a variety of multimedia tools to facilitate student learning. For example, now one single room houses traditional desks, chalk boards, multimedia equipment, as well as ten robotic workstations including computers and vision systems. The paper discusses several of the lab-classroom activities that this new physical layout enables as well as faculty and student response.

1. Introduction

This paper discusses the Maury hall renovation design process, design rationale, and lessons learned. Maury Hall provides faculty office facilities, along with the associated administrative and meeting facilities, for the Weapons and Systems Engineering (“Systems”) and the Electrical Engineering departments. The majority of the building is used to provide most of the lecture classrooms, laboratory spaces, and technical service spaces for the Systems department. As a result, approximately 75-80% of the building supports the Systems department, while the remaining 20-25% supports the Electrical Engineering department. The hundred-year-old Maury hall was extensively remodeled during the 2000-2001 academic year. The most significant change was the move from dedicated classrooms and laboratories to eight multi-use rooms which serve as both classrooms and laboratories. Prior to the renovation, the Maury hall faculty and staff conducted a year-long design requirements review resulting in fundamental changes to the organization and utilization of interior spaces. Essentially all of the committee recommendations where incorporated into the renovation. Partly due to historic Annapolis restrictions, very little change was made to the exterior of Maury hall. The Maury hall renovation followed similar

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Zivi, E., & Piepmeier, J. (2002, June), The Implementation Of A Classroom Laboratory Paradigm Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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