Interactive lab to learn radio astronomy, microwave & antenna engineering at the Technical University of Cartagena

An initiative carried out at the Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT, Spain) to encourage students and promote the interest for Scientific and Engineering Culture between society is presented in this contribution. For this purpose, a long-term project based on the set-up of an interactive laboratory surrounding a small Radio Telescope (SRT) system has been carried out. The main novelty is that this project is entirely being developed by students of last courses of our Telecommunication Engineering Faculty, under the supervision of four lecturers. This lab offers the possibility to remotely control the SRT, and it provides a set of multimedia web-based applications to produce a novel, practical, multidisciplinary virtual laboratory to improve the learning and teaching processes in related sciences and technologies.

Article originally published in “International Journal of Online Engineering”, V. 7 (2011), n. 1, pp. 10-18 as open access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence

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