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U408B·SUNDAY WORKSHOP: Bring Your Own (mobile) Device (BYOD): An Android App for Active STEM Learning via Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
Workshop Computers in Education Division (COED) and Mechanical Engineering Division (MECH)
Sun. June 25, 2023 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 321, Baltimore Convention Center
Session Description

Free ticketed event
This workshop will engage attendees in conducting classroom-based flow visualization and measurement experiments using a new Android application (app) called mobile-Instructional Particle Image Velocimetry (mI-PIV).
Students often view fluid mechanics instruction as mathematically difficult, esthetically uninteresting, and lacking relevance to real-world applications. As a result, introductory courses in fluid mechanics can act as gatekeepers to fluids-related STEM career paths. When available, however, hands-on flow visualization and measurement activities have been shown to increase student interest in and intuition about fluid mechanics and related mathematical concepts.
PIV is a state-of-the-art laboratory technique for simultaneous visualization and measurement of fluid flows that has shown promise for enhancing STEM education. The new mI-PIV app enables STEM educators to safely guide students in conducting educational quality PIV experiments for less than $100. Integrated micro-learning content, addressing fluid mechanics concepts and basic PIV techniques, and curricular resources help make the mI-PIV app a robust and accessible mobile learning tool.
In this workshop, attendees will be guided through two visually interesting flow experiments using the mI-PIV app and embedded curricula, including a vortex ring experiment used as a hands-on undergraduate fluids laboratory activity at Utah State University. Workshop attendees will gain unlimited access to the mI-PIV Android app and the familiarity that comes from hands-on practice in using the mI-PIV app alongside its developers.
This work is funded by grant #N000141812770 from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Navy and Marine Corps STEM Education and Workforce Program.

  1. Dr. Angela Minichiello P.E.
    Utah State University

    Dr. Angela Minichiello, P.E., is a U.S. Army (Aviation) veteran and former practicing thermal-mechanical engineer. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education in the College of Engineering at Utah State.

  2. Mr. Jack Elliott
    Utah State University

    Mr. Jack Elliott is a senior graduate student in engineering education and mechanical engineering at Utah State University.