My experiences in the STEER program and, in particular, the SPACE lab, have
greatly affected my appreciation for the intense training required of electrical
engineering students. Students in the CSULA SPACE lab have been afforded the
unique opportunity to work hands-on with state-of-the-art equipment with direct
application to the scientific community. This opportunity also places a unique
responsibility on their shoulders, i.e. they are expected to periodically
report on their progress.
My experiences will impact my classes in the following ways:
During my units on arrays and matrices, I will provide my programming students with real world examples of these data structures as used by CSULA students in the SPACE lab.
I will relate this information to our high school math teachers to ensure students appreciate the use of matrices in future scientific work.
My curriculum will include discussions on the process where CSULA students design a virtual control system and then translate this design into a C program that directly controls the test bed in the SPACE lab.
At the end of the year, I will ask students to present a programming project in a technical paper and a Power Point Presentation.
I will bring my students to the CSULA Engineering and Technology Open House event to tour the SPACE lab as well as other labs at CSULA.
For the past three years, I have coached a robotics team as an extra-curricular, after-school program. As a long range plan, I would like to develop a robotics course whereby students can receive high school credits. This course would be inquiry based. A formal robotics course will enable students to work in a much more structured environment.