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Using Microcontrollers to Improve Learning and Engagement in Chemical Engineering Classrooms

Originally delivered Nov 8, 2017
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    Archived Webinar
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    1 hour
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This webinar introduces attendees to the use of simple microcontrollers (Arduino Unos) and a variety of inexpensive sensors in chemical engineering curriculum.  With these tools faculty may create a wide variety of hands-on, data-driven opportunities for project-based learning. 

  • Microcontrollers: Using inexpensive sensors, microcontrollers can be introduced into many core chemical engineering courses to facilitate simple but illustrative hands-on project-based learning experiences.
  • Aduino Teaching Modules: We describe a variety of teaching modules using microcontrollers that have been used in chemical engineering curriculum, involving concepts of reaction kinetics, heat transfer, process control and more. Detailed parts lists and code needed to execute these modules are given.
  • Instructional Execution: Bringing microcontrollers into curriculum can present an activation barrier for many faculty. Methods to ease the introduction of microcontrollers to students are presented along with typical problems encountered by students, and some solutions. Student use of both Matlab and Python with Arduino boards is addressed.

Anthony Butterfield

Dr. Anthony Butterfield received his BS and PhD from the University of Utah and his MS degree from the University of California, San Diego, each in the field of chemical engineering. Dr. Butterfield has been a faculty member at the University of Utah for seven years, and currently serves as a board member of ASEE's Chemical Engineering Division.Read more

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