The funding of my proposal was cost shared with Keller and Trish Thorme of the ProCES (Program for Community Engaged Scholarship).

The funds were used primarily to purchase capital equipment for the Teaching Laboratory - the major items included a Laguna IQ router, two MakerBot 3D printers (Method and Replicator Plus), an Emblaser 2 Laser Cutter, and a SawStop table saw.

These capital items allowed students to carry out a large range of new projects.  It was extremely successful.  See a summary of the 2020 student projects which used our new laboratory equipment in addition to other equipment that we have accumulated over several years.  The only problem we encountered was a delay in getting electrical power to the Laguna IQ router - the laboratory in Von Neumann (H219) was not equipped with 240 volt service.  This caused a delay - the laboratory is now being renovated to accommodate the new router and other equipment. The new laboratory should be finished in time for the next semester.  Laboratory operations have been interrupted by the COVID-19 emergency, but we are planning on running the course remotely in the fall semester. Students will plan projects for completion in the spring semester - there are about 100 students enrolled.  The fall course will include weekly tutorials of how to use design and manufacturing tools (including Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Engineering Analysis (CAE), and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)).  

The added tools also allowed us to develop new teaching materials to support the Joseph Henry team of students who ran an event associated with Science Education of the general public - a workshop for the Center for Talented Youth on November 16, 2019 held in McDonnell Hall - there were about 100 participants - middle school and high school students and their parents from around the country.  The workshop description is below.

A Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Oersted’s Discovery of Electromagnetism


Leaping Lizards and Meandering Water Bears – Research at the Boundary of Engineering and Biology

Prof. Littman and Prof. Cohen are teaming up for a double-hitter.  An all-day workshop is planned.  Prof. Littman studies the early works of Princeton Prof. Joseph Henry and the works of his contemporaries. The SI unit of electromagnetic inductance, the henry, is named after Prof. Henry.  Littman teaches about automatic controls and the history of engineering. Prof. Cohen studies collective behavior (the way birds flock, fish school, and your skin heals) in biology. Cohen teaches about bioengineering.  There will be two hands-on sessions – one focused on electromagnetism – as a source of mechanical power and for sending and receiving information - and a second session on making mazes to trap tiny water bears.  Each Princeton faculty member will give a lecture.  Prof. Littman will speak about the origins and modern applications of electromagnetism, and especially early connections to Princeton and the Smithsonian.  Prof. Cohen will speak about control strategies used by lizards when researchers try to trip them up and he will review his current research in collective behavior.

Funding for the new laboratory equipment has greatly enhanced our capabilities to support student hands-on projects.  The new equipment will continue to be used and forms a core of advanced manufacturing tools for our new laboratory that is under construction.   Thank you for the support.