Vol.6, No.4, November 2017.                                                                                                                                                                   ISSN: 2217-8309

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TEM Journal



Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science

Increasing Students’ Interest by Encouraging them to Create Original Lab Projects


Petre Lucian Ogrutan


© 2017 Petre Lucian Ogrutan, published by UIKTEN. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)


Citation Information: TEM Journal. Volume 6, Issue 4, Pages 653-659, ISSN 2217-8309, DOI: 10.18421/TEM64-02, November 2017.


Received: 12 August 2017
Revised: 11 September 2017
Accepted: 12 September 2017
Published: 27 November 2017




Sometimes traditional lab projects based on standard kits and modules fail to stimulate students’ interest and creativity. This paper presents a novel laboratory concept which allows students to develop their own lab projects using open-source resources. The lab experiment includes competition aspects allowing every student to come up with ideas of which the best are selected. The lab projects include both hard and software components using Arduino-compatible systems and interfaces. Before starting the practical activities as well as after the completion of the lab session, the students were asked to fill in an anonymous questionnaire.


Keywords –Engineering education, open-source, Arduino, creativity.



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