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Development and Implementation of Real-Time Wireless Sensor Networks for Data Literacy Education
The current requirements of industry and the ubiquitousness of the information age have demanded a profound change in the focus of public education . Although public schools have historically addressed the needs of science and math adequately across the curriculum the more recent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) movement and its many submovements (STEAM arts, STREAM reading, STEMM medical) have often been found lacking in their use of engineering principles and engineering’s relevant, developing technology. This problem is exacerbated by the rapid changes in both technology and information systems which tend to leave the quickly outmoded and financially strapped education systems behind in their wake. Through RET grants, science and math teachers are given authentic engineering research experiences and tasked to develop curriculum that incorporates the principles used in their research into their lessons. The six week summer RET program located at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan has for the past 5 years allowed secondary and postsecondary teachers to utilize microprocessors and sensors in an effort to initiate engineeringbased learning experiences in their STEM classroom. It is through this grant that the Lab-in-aBox was developed. The lab in a box is a STEM technology device combining Arduino Microprocessor and various sensors to collect the available data around you. It was designed and built using various engineering concepts such as 3D printing (printing the Box), AutoCAD (design), and various software such as Arduino, ThingSpeak (Cloud Server), MQTT, TCP/IP. These are something students all over the world are looking into and collecting the data through sensors like the light sensor, motion sensor, pressure sensor collect and analyze the data for various purposes.