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Abstract Title: Arduino Projects to Enhance STEM Education in the Undergraduate Physics Curriculum
Abstract: These activities build on, exploit, and leverage the technology-based DIY/DIWO subculture of the Maker Movement  to introduce embedded system Arduino technology at every level of the undergraduate curriculum, with the goal at a local level to increase by a factor of two the number of undergraduate physics majors at Furman. We hope to attract students who might not otherwise be inclined to major in physics. We believe that the material developed will be easily transportable to other institutions and will help to allow other institutions to also increase the number of students attracted to STEM fields generally, and in particular in undergraduate physics curricula.  Although the specific projects we will explore are focused on the undergraduate physics curriculum, the approach and pedagogy developed will be easily adaptable to other STEM disciplines.

The strategic goals for this program address three issues:
• Recruiting of qualified students into the undergraduate physics pipeline
• Retention of those who enter the pipeline
• Enhancing the quality of the education by providing an engaged, hands-on, project-based learning experience

In order to achieve the above strategic goals, we have identified the following seven categories of Arduino-based projects:

• Augmentation and enhancement of existing laboratory experiments
• Research laboratory apparatus
• Lecture/showcase demo apparatus
• Projects that interface with Mathematica & Labview platforms
• Standalone consumer devices
• "Internet of Things" devices
• Robotics competition projects
Abstract Type: Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: John R. Conrad
Department of Physics, Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC, SC 29613
and Co-Presenter(s)
W. Baker, D. Wang, K. Pardo, H. Khan, A. Fant and E. Kostadinova