Basic Electrical Parameters Measurement Laboratory: A K-12 Outreach Project


A basic laboratory exercise was designed and implemented, for K-12 students, which delves into the measurement of basics of electrical circuit parameters, such as resistance, current and voltage. This 2-3 hour lab exercise gives students a glimpse into basic electrical engineering concepts, which are covered in an undergraduate Sophomore level introductory Circuits-1 course that all Electrical Engineering majors are required to take. Laboratory participants cover the same material, in a small amount of time that the undergraduate students cover in 2-3 weeks. The lab exercise also includes an interactive exercise that helps students understand decimal to binary conversion for unsigned and signed decimal numbers via a tool already being used as part of interactive digital logic laboratory experience. In addition, students try their skill in generating power, under varying load conditions, using a bike-power generator as a fun-filled competitive activity. This paper outlines the laboratory exercise learning outcomes, implemented laboratory exercises, observations made, and results of a conducted exit survey.

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125th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (2018: Jun. 23-27, Salt Lake City, UT)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Computer science; Students; Computational thinking

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jun 2018

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