Presentation Title

Uno by Biola, Bridging the Gap Between Analog and Digital Circuits in Engineering Curriculum

Faculty Mentor

Stanley Ng

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

163

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

The purpose of Uno by Biola is to develop engineering education curriculum that bridges concepts between analog and digital circuits. In engineering education, digital circuits is a valuable subject that gives students the experience of utilizing cross-disciplinary skills and concepts due to its immense application in technology. However, much of digital circuits application is “black boxed”, making technical assumptions of an overall process. For applications of digital circuits, code is developed, imported onto a chip, and an electromechanic action occurs, like an LED blinking or an actuator rotating. Consumer-friendly and commonly used boards such as the Arduino Uno allow for an easy barrier of entry for students interested in digital circuit applications. While well-packed and precisely manufactured, the core of the Arduino Uno is fundamentally designed with concepts learned in analog circuits. For many students, the experience of jumping from analog circuits to embedded systems varies greatly, as some are able to grasp the concepts while others are mildly intimidated. Uno by Biola seeks to develop an engineering education module that gives students the opportunity to use learned analog concepts and produce their own microcontroller. The goal is to focus on student-centered learning by creating a more enriching bridge between analog and digital concepts. Furthermore, the outcome of a completed project is an actual product, which gives students a greater sense of success and ownership for their efforts. Currently, Uno by Biola has completed its first functional prototype and has two more prototype iterations in development. The first prototype is anticipated to be tested by a group of students with prior knowledge of analog circuits and no experience with embedded systems.

Keywords: engineering education, analog circuits, digital circuits, embedded systems, microcontroller, Arduino, programming.

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Uno by Biola, Bridging the Gap Between Analog and Digital Circuits in Engineering Curriculum

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The purpose of Uno by Biola is to develop engineering education curriculum that bridges concepts between analog and digital circuits. In engineering education, digital circuits is a valuable subject that gives students the experience of utilizing cross-disciplinary skills and concepts due to its immense application in technology. However, much of digital circuits application is “black boxed”, making technical assumptions of an overall process. For applications of digital circuits, code is developed, imported onto a chip, and an electromechanic action occurs, like an LED blinking or an actuator rotating. Consumer-friendly and commonly used boards such as the Arduino Uno allow for an easy barrier of entry for students interested in digital circuit applications. While well-packed and precisely manufactured, the core of the Arduino Uno is fundamentally designed with concepts learned in analog circuits. For many students, the experience of jumping from analog circuits to embedded systems varies greatly, as some are able to grasp the concepts while others are mildly intimidated. Uno by Biola seeks to develop an engineering education module that gives students the opportunity to use learned analog concepts and produce their own microcontroller. The goal is to focus on student-centered learning by creating a more enriching bridge between analog and digital concepts. Furthermore, the outcome of a completed project is an actual product, which gives students a greater sense of success and ownership for their efforts. Currently, Uno by Biola has completed its first functional prototype and has two more prototype iterations in development. The first prototype is anticipated to be tested by a group of students with prior knowledge of analog circuits and no experience with embedded systems.

Keywords: engineering education, analog circuits, digital circuits, embedded systems, microcontroller, Arduino, programming.