Premier Courseware of 2005
Biological Information Handling: Essentials for Engineers and Pyro: Python Robotics were announced as the Premier Courseware of 2005 at the 2005 ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference on Friday, October 21, 2005 in Indianapolis, IN.
Biological Information Handling: Essentials for Engineers
Mary Lidstrom, Cate Speake, David Farkas, Alicia Ann McBride, Patricia Kirkham and Quan Zhou, University of Washington, Marc Hoffman and Bob Lindenmayer, Poison Dart Frog Media
Biological Information Handling: Essentials for Engineers enables engineering students to acquire the language and understand the most fundamental of all biological processes, those involved in information transfer of the cell (replication, transcription, and translation). The Biological Information Handling is a self-paced, interactive independent study tutorial that teaches the fundamentals of information transfer in biology to engineers from an engineering perspective. It has been used as a curricular supplement to introductory bioengineering courses in chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering.
Pyro: Python Robotics
Doug Blank and Deepak Kumar, Bryn Mawr College, Leesa Meeden, Swarthmore College and Holly Yanco, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Pyro is a Python-based robotics programming environment that enables students to explore topics in robotics and artificial intelligence. Programming robot behaviors in Pyro is akin to programming in a high-level general purpose programming language; Pyro provides abstractions for low-level robot-specific features so that a single program can run on many different types of robots. The Pyro project consists of the software as well as a set of curriculum modules that can be assembled to teach a variety of courses.
About the Premier Award
The Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware was developed by NEEDS—A Digital Library for Engineering Education, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and the Synthesis Coalition to recognize high-quality, non-commercial courseware designed to enhance engineering education.