New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Attracting students to STEM remains an important goal in today’s society. The first step involves educating students about opportunities and possibilities afforded to STEM graduates. Educational institutions that offer prospective students opportunities for interactive experiences that are enjoyable, memorable, and impactful can yield positive results.
One activity that has been used successfully by the authors involves teaching flowchart programming of a Phoenix Contact’s nanoLine controller. The students ranged from middle school to college as well as middle school teachers. The activities ranged from a one-hour demonstration, to a half-day interactive, instructional session, to a month-long or semester-long, immersive experience. Projects included developing a simple fitness game to innovating a self-contained, commercial-quality, automated system.
The paper and presentation will provide details about each of these varied approaches and share pluses and minuses of each. Information about how others can make use of this technology at no cost will also be shared.
Harriger, A. R., & Harriger, B. C. (2016, June), Using a PLC+Flowchart Programming to Engage STEM Interest Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27124
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