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Lunch & Learn: All Aboard! Teaching Engineering with Computerized Toys with Michael G. Littman

train.jpgImagine being paid, or getting Princeton credit, for playing with trains and Legos™.
For more than 25 years, Professor Michael G. Littman, of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, has taught MAE 412 Microprocessors for Measurement and Control, a course about microcomputer control.
In the class, students design single-board microcomputer controllers, and apply them for the automation of a modular n-scale model railroad. For example, a computer might be used to automate railroad switches to prevent collisions, facilitate traffic flow through a ladder network of tracks on a project board, or even regulate the loading of pipes onto train cars.

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