Louisiana Tech’s first-year engineering program has blown the top off the hands-on barrier, providing relevant, project-focused education for more than 400 students each year. Our six semester hour course sequence, called “Living with the Lab”, boosts experiential learning through student ownership of inexpensive laboratory equipment. Each student purchases a robotics kit along with a collection of tools, software and supplies to provide a platform for laboratory and design projects. Students completing our first-year experience report a 550% increase in hands-on relative to our previous “hands-on” curriculum, which also culminated in a design/build/test project.

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latech © 2011 David Hall and the LWTL Faculty Team
College of Engineering and Science
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, Louisiana
Project supported by the National Science Foundation's Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) Program under Award No. 0618288. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. nsf
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