Learning Innovation Grants 2017-2018

Project Title i-STAT point of care system for biochemical analysis
Unit A&P, Biology, and Kinesiology
Responsible Person Timothy Burnett and Heather Broughton
LIG Funding $10,000
Summary Description 

The i-STAT allows for the measurement of dozens of blood biochemistry, electrolyte, and hematological markers vital to demonstrating the dynamic nature of human physiology processes, maintenance of homeostatis, and pathological conditions.  With the i-STAT point of care system, students obtain real-time blood values, tangible results, and the ability to affect experimental outcomes.

Project Title Soil/air temperature data loggers
Unit Natural Resources
Responsible Person Seth Ganzhorn
LIG Funding $7,340
Summary Description 

Understanding how urban ponderosa pine forests respond to disturbances and changing climates, will guide evidence-based management strategies to allow these forests to persist in the future.  Soil/air temperature data loggers will quantify temperature at study sites on campus and give students hands-on, real-world experiential learning opportunities.

Project Title Delormes Reach-in Explorer+
Unit Tourism Recreation and Adventure Leadership
Responsible Person Michael Gassner
LIG Funding $1,698
Summary Description 

The DeLormes will enhance student learning by allowing them to utilize and learn about a new safety technology communication device that is currently the gold standard in the university outdoor education and outdoor adventure education professions. Students will primarily utilize the devices for safety communication, specifically group to group communication, and group to instructor communication while on final exams in remote locations. In addition they will be used for logistics and planning. By utilizing the Delormes in this way students will become work force ready with this technology.

Project Title Qubit Fluorometer
Unit Biology
Responsible Person Ann Petersen
LIG Funding $3,395
Summary Description 

The Qubit will allow students to quantify the amount of RNA (the translated form of DNA) that they have produced during lab exercises.  This is a powerful teaching tool, providing students with hands-on experience in a common molecular biology technique, and promoting deep understanding of where, when, and how genes are expressed in plants and animals.

Project Title MinSeg Dual Drive balancing robots
Unit Energy Systems Engineering
Responsible Person Kyle Webb
LIG Funding $5,950
Summary Description 

These miniature programmable balancing robots will be used to significantly enhance the experiential learning component of several Energy Systems Engineering and future Engineering Science courses.