Electrical Engineering--A Helping Profession

The Arizona State University Electrical Engineering Department provides a hands-on laboratory session for teachers and counselors who are participating in the W.I.S.E.(Women In Science and Engineering) Investments program. The main focus is to interest more students, especially women, in engineering, by demonstrating how engineers help us to live better lives. In this webpage you will find the simple experiments which demonstrate principles used by electrical engineers in achieving this. There are also explanations included that show how the principles behind these experiments help us to protect the enviroment and live longer lives.

Some general resources promoting women in the field of electrical engineering can be found at:

Electrical Engineering Profession

General Resources for Teachers

Ideas and links for integrating electrical engineering topics in coursework

Digital Logic Resources

Digital Logic Laboratory Information

Detailed descriptions of the software simulation and hardware construction of both a digital lock, and a flashing railroad crossing signal.

Links to Other Web Resources on Digital Logic & Circuits:

The following are external resources and are listed in order of increasing level and/or complexity

Static Electricity and Electromagnetism Resources

Click here to find out about static electricity applications Click here to find out about electromagnet applications
Learn more about static electricity and electromagnetism.

Simple laboratory experiments were developed on the following topics:

  1. Static Electricity fundamentals and experiments
    • Salt and pepper - demonstrate the attractive force between opposite charges
    • Repelling balloons - demonstrate the repelling force between two objects of the same charge
  2. Electromagnetism basics and experiments [included in the NSTA's SciLINKS]
    • Galvanometer - demonstrates the relationship between electricity and magnetism by creating and detecting magnetic fields
    • Electromagnet - demonstrates the relationship between electricity and magnetism by using electricity to magnetize metal
    • Electric motor - demonstrates a practical application of electromagnetism through the construction of an electric motor, which also shows how electrical energy is converted into mechanical energy

The static electricity experiments are useful in understanding how electrostatic precipitators work, and likewise the electromagnetism section helps us to comprehend the medical diagnostic procedure of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Other Web Resources on Electricity & Magnetism:

Crystal Radio Resources

Workshop History

ASU Department of Electrical Engineering
Last Updated: April 4, 2011

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