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Transformative Learning Experience for Incoming Freshmen Engineering Students Through Robotics Research

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Innovations in Teaching Physics or Engineering Physics II

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Engineering Physics & Physics

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22.1545.1 - 22.1545.7



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Baha Jassemnejad University of Central Oklahoma

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Chair and Professor of Engineering and Physics Department

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Wei Siang Pee University of Central Oklahoma

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Kevin Rada


Montell Jermaine Wright University of Central Oklahoma, Robotics Research

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A freshmen engineering student. Attended Choctaw high school.
Likes to fix computers and solve technical problems in his spare time.

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Kaitlin Rose Foran University of Central Oklahoma

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Evan C. Lemley University of Central Oklahoma

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Transformative learning experience for incoming freshmen engineering students through robotics researchAbstractAs part of 2010 Summer Bridge program at the ……….four incoming freshmen studentsinterested in majoring in engineering participated in activities intended to introduce them torobotics research for four weeks. These students were mentored by two upper level engineeringstudents; and assisted and trained by the laboratory staff members. The research projectfocused on embedded system design with the Atmel microcontroller for robotics. The workingembedded system involves integrating hardware, firmware and software development on a PC.The activities consisted of lectures, hands-on training in basic laboratory skills in electricalengineering, microcontroller programming, small projects, and a fairly challenging final groupproject for freshmen students. Students successfully finished the program with delivering theirfinal project. Two of the students, through support from the program, have continued with theongoing robotics research activities during their freshman year.

Jassemnejad, B., & Pee, W. S., & Rada, K., & Wright, M. J., & Foran, K. R., & Lemley, E. C. (2011, June), Transformative Learning Experience for Incoming Freshmen Engineering Students Through Robotics Research Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18919

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