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Arduino as a tool for lab development and student learning
  Location: HC 3040
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 1:10 PM -1:20 PM
  Author: Zengqiang Liu, Saint Cloud State University
320-308-3154, zliu@stcloudstate.edu
  Co-Author(s): Jing Chen , ShunJie Yong , Steve Zinsli
  Abstract: Since its debuted in 2005, the Arduino microcontroller platform has enabled artists and novice electronics hobbyists worldwide to construct unique electronic gadgets, lots of which appear as if they were created by engineers. With Arduino, constructing your own lab equipment becomes very practical, and economical. It is also very educational to students and instructors alike. With beginner-friendly programming environment, strong community support, and sensors, cheaply mass produced for modern electronics (cell phones, tablets, video game systems etc.), we can design and construct high-quality lab equipment to suit out teaching goals and improve student learning experience. Going through the process of constructing even simple equipment should be beneficial to teaching physics content, hands-on skills and convincing our students that physics principles and their applications power our world. A brief introduction of Arduino will be followed by examples of such equipment we created with it.
  Footnotes: None
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