Engaging Engineering: Teach Important Theory Through Experiential Learning

Engineering students are required to learn a variety of theoretical concepts throughout their education. With a hands-on teaching strategy, you can ensure students are more engaged and retain their comprehension long after a concept’s introduction. The following lab demonstrations provide examples of how you can bring experiential learning into the classroom.

Circuits and Electronics

Learning circuits and electronic circuit design is essential to most experimental work in engineering courses. By grasping these concepts early, students can expand their knowledge into many other courses, labs, and projects.

Operational Amplifiers

Analog Circuits

Digital Logic

Power Electronics

Controls and Mechatronics

From the implementation of PID controllers to communication protocols, control theory seeks to understand physical systems through mathematical modeling. As more technologies incorporate controls and mechatronics, the comprehension and application of controls theory becomes increasingly important for students.

PID Control

Communication Protocols

Motor Types

Machine Vision

RF and Communications

As AM radio gave way to FM, and FM evolved into digital, wireless communications have become an everyday part of life. By learning the basics of modulation and demodulation, students can move beyond theory to use and eventually build standard modes of modern communications devices.

FM Demodulation

Quadrature Phase-Shift Keying

Pulse Shaping

Measurements and Instrumentation

Testing and measuring the physical world with data acquisition systems is one of the most fundamental engineering concepts. Through the use of sensors, actuators, and instrumentation, students begin to understand the properties of the world around them.

Frequency Domain

Biomedical Engineering Instrumentation

Sensor Fundamentals