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Arduino Microcontrollers in the Classroom: teaching how to phrase effective science questions and how to answer them with original data

dc.contributor.authorDinsmore, Tony
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
dc.date2023-09-24T02:44:46.000
dc.date.accessioned2024-04-26T20:25:35Z
dc.date.available2024-04-26T20:25:35Z
dc.date.issued2020-01-01
dc.description.abstractArduino microcontrollers in the classroom: teaching how to phrase effective science questions and how to answer them with original data. Prof. Tony Dinsmore, UMass Physics This workshop will develop course modules that address a challenge in the science curriculum: how do we teach basic problem-solving and curiosity-based research skills in a classroom setting? The standard science curriculum teaches concepts and theory quite well but leaves rather little opportunity for students to take the lead in designing and implementing their own investigations. The workshop will use the Arduino, an inexpensive microcontroller that is simple to set up. A huge range of student-led projects are possible, taking advantage of the recent explosion of inexpensive, small-scale sensors that are available on-line for costs ranging from about $1-20. As part of the workshop, we will work with Arduinos and a few basic sensors. The workshop will focus on developing an iterative process by which students define their own science question, set up a device (controlled by the Arduino) to collect data, and then answer the question. We will go through these steps during the workshop. I will also share my approach, based on a new course for first-year physics majors at UMass that takes students through these steps. For many students, such a course provides a first experience working with the hardware-software interface, designing algorithms, and programming. For workshop attendees -- and for the students that we are planning for -- no prior experience with computing or hardware is needed. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop computer. If time permits, you might wish to install the "Arduino IDE" controlling software, located at https://www.arduino.cc/en/main/software. If you cannot bring a laptop computer, you will have access to one at the workshop.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14394/43870
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
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dc.subjectArduino
dc.subjectmicroprocessors
dc.subjectclassroom research
dc.subjectsensors
dc.subjectEducational Technology
dc.subjectPhysics
dc.subjectProgramming Languages and Compilers
dc.subjectScience and Mathematics Education
dc.subjectTeacher Education and Professional Development
dc.titleArduino Microcontrollers in the Classroom: teaching how to phrase effective science questions and how to answer them with original data
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