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ERIC Number: EJ905851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
A Hands-On Freshman Survey Course to Steer Undergraduates into Microsystems Coursework and Research
Eddings, M. A.; Stephenson, J. C.; Harvey, I. R.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v52 n3 p312-317 Aug 2009
Full class loads and inflexible schedules can be a significant obstacle in the implementation of freshman survey courses designed to guide engineering students into emerging research areas such as micro- and nanosystems. A hands-on, interactive course was developed to excite freshmen early in their engineering program to pursue research and careers in microsystems. The course focused on the top-down and bottom-up approaches to building devices, including the metrology tools required for visualization and characterization at the micro- and nanoscales. Modular lab components required students to interact with, build, and characterize microsystems. Macroscale versions were used to teach microscale concepts. An introductory module included dissecting the iPod Mp3 player, understanding its macroscale components and inspecting the microscale components in optical and scanning electron microscopes (SEM). A summary of the class focus and lab exercise modules is reported. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah