A Sample of Three ENG 100 Offerings for Students Interested in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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Design and build an electronic educational toy, learn about the variety of energy options available in the new green world, or program a socially relevant computer game - as you gain insight into the world of electrical engineering and computer science.

Microprocessors and Toys: An Introduction to Computing Systems
An Introduction to Computer Engineering

Students in this course design and build a  microprocessor-based educational toy from the ground up. The course emphasizes a hands-on approach to learning, and students work in groups to move their project through an entire engineering lifecycle. Prof. Peter Chen, who designed the course, wants a student having completed Microprocessors and toys to have learned enough to appreciate the study of computer engineering - both how complicated it can seem, and how understandable it can be.
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Disorder and Coherence: From Light Bulbs to Lasers
An Introduction to Electrical Engineering

In this course about energy, students work with a variety of concepts in electrical engineering, including the functions of solar panels, quantum mechanics, microwaves, light emitting diodes and energy storage devices. In the culminating project, small teams of students develop and submit proposals to the United Nations, proposals that underscore the capability for engineering to address humanitarian needs. Prof. Jasprit Singh, who designed the course, also tries to train his students to “lose the fear” of complex problems.
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Gaming for the Greater Good
An Introduction to Computer Science

This course was created to help students understand how programming can meet a socially relevant need or educational purpose. The course is organized into small teams to design, build and test games with an educational application. “They’re absolutely, 100 % enthused about what they’re doing, and they have a strong sense of ownership,” reports Dr. Chesney, who designed the course. Dr. Chesney feels he has been successful when his students being to learn independently.
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