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ERIC Number: EJ1142827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
Using the Wiimote to Learn MEMS in a Physics Degree Program
Sánchez-Azqueta, Carlos; Gimeno, Cecilia; Celma, Santiago; Aldea, Concepción
IEEE Transactions on Education, v59 n3 p169-174 Aug 2016
This paper describes a learning experience designed to introduce students in a Micro- and Nanosystems course in a Physics Bachelor's degree program to the use of professional tools for the design and characterization of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) through a specific commercial case: the MEMS used by the well-known gaming platform Nintendo Wii. For this project, all the MEMS' fabrication steps were adapted to a teaching environment, from its design using specific software, to its experimental characterization after fabrication. The implementation of this learning strategy enhances students' learning autonomy while fostering multi-directional learning and active feedback between teachers and students. This innovative approach allows students to carry out collaborative work in a realistic environment and serves to introduce science students to tools and workflow typical of the engineering field. Although this learning strategy is particularized for students in a Micro- and Nanosystems course of a Physics Bachelor's degree program, it can be adapted to students of any scientific technical degree.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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