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Weaving maths and electronics in a hardware programming experimentation


The paper reports an experimentation driven and improved since three years in an Institute of Technology. The question of students in math lectures was on how and where the theoretical results can be applied in electrical engineering application. Conversely in electronics lectures students are asking for more fundamental applications to carry out the purposes and intents. One answer could be the weaving of math and electronics in a common application. Since many years the teachers are applying their domain with high level calculators, computer algebraic software and programming languages. These wide and common skills and knowledge have made this multidisciplinary experiment possible. The micro controller based device has been chosen here for its connection with high level programming language with an access to the processor registers and its versatility in industrial uses. The article details the teaching experiences in that environment. Each year the experience has been completed, fulfilling the following points: general organisation, teaching and practice, feedback and recommendations. The students are taking the second grade course of bachelor of technology in the electrical engineering domain either in a full time course or in a part time course. The syllabus of the bachelor of technology in electrical engineering domain mentions theoretical and practical works on how to design, install, realize, maintain and qualify an electronic device for a control process of a multi-technological product. The practical studies and realization are dealing with a blinking led and a keypad manager. The working class spread on twelve weeks with four hours a week. The classroom is composed of twelve students split in units of two students. The group is guided and mentored by two teachers at any time. This gives the students a new approach of the electrical engineering teachings. They must perform the required activities based on the mixed teachings. The yearly module is composed of ten percent of short lectures plus five percent of assessments and the rest in lab works. The classroom architecture must not be neglected in that experimentation. The room is divided in two parts. A U-shape set of tables for the lectures and a system of individual equipment fixed to the walls. The structure simplifies the teacher's motions in front of the group or behind each platform. The typical geometry of the U-shaped classroom avoids chatting and stimulates the concentration of students. We can note that it is causing some students stress as mentioned in their final recommendation. For practical work, two students are sharing the same individual platform, freeing them from the previous constraints, supporting the discussion with their peers and revealing their autonomy. All works and new skills have to be validated by short assessments, multiple choice questionnaires, reports and efficient achievements. The behavior of students and the events are also checked by the teachers at any time in order to give an added value to the expected skills in the syllabus. At the end of the course, students are invited to fulfill a questionnaire. The questionnaire is pointing on organization, time schedule, difficulties and comments on the weaving of different sciences. The article ends with the recommendation coming from the students experience and the regular teachers feedback adapting the lessons in real time. This experimentation has been successful for years and is going on.
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hal-02477806 , version 1 (13-02-2020)


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Jean-Paul Becar, Fabrice Robert, Jean-Charles Canonne. Weaving maths and electronics in a hardware programming experimentation. EDULEARN 17, Jul 2017, Barcelone, Spain. ⟨hal-02477806⟩
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