Customizable Mechatronics Tools for Engineering Design in Teacher Preparation and K-12 Education
Peter Malcolm, Daniel Tillman, Caner Uguz, University of Virginia, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper presents new developments from Fab@School, a K-12 initiative designed to broaden teachers’ and students’ STEM knowledge through hands-on projects and digital fabrication. This work incorporates the teaching of mechatronics fundamentals via customizable probeware, which collect and display data from the physical world on personal computers. Student and teacher use of probeware can inform distributed collaborative development of engineering designs. Here we describe the line of research that led us toward the development of a “proof-of-concept” probeware multimeter that also interoperates with a new online learning management system (LMS). We discuss implications for this new LMS, WISEngineering, and its potential for data-driven learning. This combination will be used to prepare teachers for classroom engineering design lessons. The sharing of user-gathered data is anticipated to stimulate the growth of distributed learning communities among teachers of STEM content.
Malcolm, P., Tillman, D. & Uguz, C. (2012). Customizable Mechatronics Tools for Engineering Design in Teacher Preparation and K-12 Education. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1060-1065). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).