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The First IEEE International Workshop on Electronic Design, Test and Applications (DELTA '02)
Electronics Education: A Systems Based Mechatronic Approach
Christchurch, New Zealand
January 29-January 31
ISBN: 0-7695-1453-7
Dale A. Carnegie, University of Waikato
Electronics is taught at the University of Waikato in conjunction with Physics and Mathematics to produce students with the skills to identify and solve a problem as well as the tools to implement a solution. Successful electronics education requires that formally lectured material be reinforced with practical laboratory exercises. A mechatronic systems approach offers an ideal platform with which to demonstrate the interdependence not only of physics, mathematics, and electronics, but also mechanical and software engineering.Our approach to mechatronics as an educational tool has been rather unique in that it has been primarily student driven. The huge student interest in mechatronics has meant a progression from only providing mechatronic MSc thesis projects (1992), to the provision of formally lectured mechatronics courses, laboratory evaluations, and the introduction of real-time reactive control systems at the undergraduate level. Today, mechatronics forms one of the largest graduate groups in our Department.
Index Terms:
Mechatronics, autonomous mobile robotics, electronics education
Dale A. Carnegie, "Electronics Education: A Systems Based Mechatronic Approach," delta, pp.209, The First IEEE International Workshop on Electronic Design, Test and Applications (DELTA '02), 2002
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