living with the lab
boosting hands-on learning in engineering education
student purchases

Living WITH the Lab works by putting the ownership of the "lab" in the hands of the students, allowing faculty to focus on teaching while students maintain their own equipment and supplies. Links to student purchases for each of the three freshman courses are provided below.

Course   Description of Items to Purchase



Most of the items required for the freshman year are purchased early on in ENGR 120. Items purchased include an Arduino microcontroller, a parts kit to construct a robot, a multimeter, safety glasses, a dial caliper and other items totaling around $180. Students also purchase a laptop, solid modeling software, Mathcad and MS Office.

ENGR 120: Click here for more details or here for a printable list of required supplies.


Students purchase a 4x20 LCD display, drill bits, a breadboard, and a few other supplies to support the fishtank project.

Click here for more details.

box cutter

Students purchase a knife and tape along with other items needed to fabricate prototypes of their "smart product" (frequent trips to local hardware stores).

Click here for more details.

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.
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