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Undergraduate Engineers For Curriculum And Laboratory Equipment Development: A Freescale S12 Microcontroller Laboratory Trainer

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Mobile Robots in Education

Tagged Division

Computers in Education

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

13.1305.1 - 13.1305.14

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https://peer.asee.org/3088

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Steven Barrett University of Wyoming

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Chad Hager University of Wyoming

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Chad Hager graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming in December 2007.

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Mike Yurkoski University of Wyoming

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Mike Yurkoski will graduate in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

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Robert Lewis University of Wyoming

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Robert Lewis graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming in December 2007. He begins graduate school at the University of Wyoming in January 2008 to pursue a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

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Matthew Jespersen University of Wyoming

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Matthew Jespersen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in May 2005 and a Masters of Science degree in August 2007 from the University of Wyoming.

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Zachary Ruble University of Wyoming

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Zachary Ruble graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Wyoming in December 2007. He begins graduate school at the University of Wyoming in January 2008 to pursue a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

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Undergraduate Engineers For Curriculum and Laboratory Equipment Development: A Freescale S12 Microcontroller Laboratory Trainer

Abstract

For over five years we have used student designed and developed laboratory equipment with great success. Typically a student team will design and fabricate a prototype of a next –generation piece of laboratory equipment. Other students are then hired to fabricate multiple production run pieces of the equipment. Student developed laboratory equipment solves two challenging problems confronting most engineering programs: 1) the need to update laboratory exercises and equipment without adequate funds and 2) satisfying Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) requirements for a major design experience within the curriculum. In this paper we will briefly review previous projects completed such as a Motorola HC12 microcontroller based teaching platform, a Freescale S12 microcontroller based teaching robot, and a Verilog HDL based robot. We will also review the lessons learned in such a venture and potential challenges. We then focus on the most recent student developed laboratory equipment – a Freescale S12 based laboratory trainer.

Background

Engineering departments are often faced with the need to update laboratory exercises and equipment without adequate funds to do so. Another challenge faced by departments are satisfying Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) criteria for a major capstone design experience within the curriculum. ABET Criterion 4. Professional Component guidelines state, “Students must be prepared for engineering practice through the curriculum culminating in a major design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work and incorporating engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints.” These constraints are further defined in Criterion 3. Program Outcomes and Assessment which states, “Engineering programs must demonstrate that their students attain: (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability [1, 2].

In this paper we will describe how we solved these two challenges by updating our microprocessor laboratory facilities on a limited budget using student engineers. We have successfully used student engineers in the past to develop custom laboratory equipment and teaching aids including a:

- Verilog HDL controlled robot [3], - Labview based digital signal processing and bioinstrumentation laboratory program [4],

Barrett, S., & Hager, C., & Yurkoski, M., & Lewis, R., & Jespersen, M., & Ruble, Z. (2008, June), Undergraduate Engineers For Curriculum And Laboratory Equipment Development: A Freescale S12 Microcontroller Laboratory Trainer Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3088

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