Towards innovative hands-on engineering labs: Bridging the times between pre and post Covid-19
Department of Electrical Engineering
The transition to remote instruction presented great challenges to labs-based courses. The electrical and computer engineering department shipped lab kits to students during these unprecedented times. However, kits were susceptible to loss or damage besides the logistics of shipping and returning the kits remains an inconvenient solution. In the fall quarter of 2020 the department sponsored a remote FPGA lab to support students enrolled in EE/CSE 371 as a pilot project to test the feasibility of eliminating the need of shipping lab kits and allowing students to access the hardware remotely. This proposal capitalizes on the success of the pilot project to extend the idea of the remote FPGA lab to other hardware that can benefit the students at UW including but not limited to the DTC students in the college of engineering, engineering RSOs, and STEM outreach.