MEMS-based educational laboratory

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The advent and widespread utilization of micro and nanotechnologies necessitates the development of innovative instructional and research tools that will educate the next generation of engineers and scientists. Teaching micro and nano scale technologies is often challenging and expensive due to the cost and complexity of typical systems that are utilized to access the micro and nano realm. In this work we discuss the Class on a Chip System, which has four main components: packaged Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) chip, driver board/control electronics, graphical user interface, and laboratory experiments. The system provides a relatively low cost MEMS experimentation platform which can be utilized through a reasonable contingent of laboratory tools (microscope and personal computer) available at most educational institutions to teach fundamental physics and engineering knowledge, as well as illustrate important micro and nano scale concepts which are accessible to students at many educational levels and in various disciplines and classes.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2014
Event121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2014Jun 18 2014


Conference121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityIndianapolis, IN


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