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

Louisiana Tech operates on a quarter calendar. All first-year engineering students take ENGR 120, 121 and 122 along with co-requisite math and science courses. These two semester hour, project-based, ENGR courses meet twice per week for 110 minutes throughout the year. An increasing level of independence is expected as students fabricate and test projects that are increasingly complex and open-ended. ENGR 122 culminates at the Freshman Design Expo where students showcase the smart products that they have conceived, designed, fabricated and tested.

The Living with the Lab curriculum uses an Arduino microcontroller along with a collection parts to build a mobile robot.

ENGR 120
ENGR 120
Engineering Problem Solving I

ENGR 121
Engineering Problem Solving II

ENGR 122
Engineering Problem Solving III

Continuity between the freshman year and upper level courses is provided through projects implemented in the three sophomore-level ENGR courses.

ENGT 120
Applied Engineering Problem Solving I

ENGT 121
Applied Engineering Problem Solving II

ENGT 122
Applied Engineering Problem Solving III


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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