Abstract

The education component of CenSSIS at UPRM is centered on the High-Tech Tools and Toys Laboratory. Most of the educational activities are carried out through this laboratory, which is currently undergoing remodeling and expansion. The laboratory serves as a host to the Introduction to Electrical Engineering course for freshman students, which in turn is used as the source for CenSSIS Scholars. In addition, the laboratory hosted the Engineering Electromagnetics pilot course and the Computer Vision course, and it is also used for several outreach activities. As part of the education activities, several students are selected every semester to participate in undergraduate research. Also, CenSSIS Scholars are selected from the very best students in the Introduction to Electrical Engineering course and are asked to help in the Tools and Toys Lab reviewing course modules. Finally, with three ERCs present at UPRM, a seminar series was developed to present the Centers work every two weeks. As part of the educational ativities, a program is being developed for the LEGOs Mindstorms robotic system. A graphic interface is being developed to program the robots using the JAVA programming language platform. The program goal is to familiarize students with the programming techniques used in areas such as digital signal processing and sensing. The outreach program is aimed at high-school, middle school and elementary school students. Students are given an introduction to what is electrical engineering, a demonstration of a simple ground penetrating radar, and the building a basic electronic circuit with discrete components, given the circuit schematics. Students are also encouraged to consider an engineering career in their future.

Notes

Poster presented at the 2007 Education and Outreach Programs Conference

Keywords

education, LEGOs, robots

Subject Categories

Computer-assisted instruction

Disciplines

Education

Publisher

Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS)

Publication Date

2007

Rights Holder

Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS)

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