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Conference Proceeding


Engineers, Australia


Yasir M. Al-Abdeli, Euan Lindsay


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Engineering (SOE) / Centre for Communications Engineering Research




This article was originally published as: Hinckley, S. , & Wild, G. (2011). Secondary students research projects in Engineering: Optical fibre Bragg grating sensor applications. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Fremantle, Australia. Original article available here


In this paper, we present a study of secondary student research projects on fibre Bragg grating (FBG) based optical fibre sensors. Our study has shown that simple experimental procedures can be developed and implemented by students with minimal prior knowledge. In these experiments, students gain a significant understanding of FBG properties and performance, as well as an understanding of research, data analysis and communications skills required by researchers. Student satisfaction and enjoyment with the programme is very high, based on feedback received. These research-based projects would be ideal for implementation into undergraduate engineering learning programmes.

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