Dynamical systems and control mindstorms.
In, 20th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation
An unorthodox programme for teaching systems and control is developed and tested at the School of Electronics and Computer Science of the University of Southampton. Motivation for the employed teaching methods is Moore's method and S.~Papert's book ``Mindstorms: children, computers, and powerful ideas''. The teaching is shifted from lecture instruction to independent work on computer based projects and physical models. Our experience shows that involvement with projects is more effective in stimulating curiosity in systems and control related concepts and in achieving understanding of these concepts. The programme consists of two parts: 1) analytical and computational exercises, using \matlab/Octave, and 2) laboratory exercises, using programmable Lego mindstorms models. Both activities cut across several disciplines---physics, mathematics, computer programming, as well as the subject of the programme---systems and control theory.
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