Introduction to Computer Engineering is a course that has about 200 students a year.
It is important to build problem solving and make links to other courses.
- can measure +/- G forces @ about 50hz, when it works.
- has an embedded system that parses data before sending
- has a 1024×768 IR camera that finds the 4 hottest IR sources in the room.
Wiiwrap is a windows cmd tool that outputs comma seperated values that can be used by another program. For example: “wiiwrap /A | lab6”
This allows the student to write “lab6” to do something interesting with the data.
This group does not teach physics, but programming. For example:
- Determine which end it up (if statements)
- Determine which axis is changing
- Wiidrop Lab: Put the wiimote in a foam football and throw it, measuring all the cool physics
From the earlier course that didn’t use the Wiimote, they saw a 10-29% increase in motivation based on student surveys.
In the future they are playing with a add-on that adds (2) 2-D gyros.