Learning Module: Introduction to Actuators

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This learning module is one of three SCME modules that discuss the types of components found in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).  This module covers "actuators" - what they are, how they work, and how they are used in both macro and micro-sized systems.  An activity provides further exploration into specific actuators and how they are used in everyday devices.  Two related learning modules cover macro and micro-sized sensors and transducers.

This learning module includes the following.

  • Pre-test (Knowledge Probe)
  • Reading: Introduction to Actuators
  • Presentation:  Introduction to Actuators
  • Activity:  What are Actuators?
  • Assessment

Instructor materials for this learning module are available here.

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This work made possible by Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Center through DUE grants #0830384, 0902411, and 1205138. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and creators, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. 

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) (2017), "Learning Module: Introduction to Actuators," http://nanohub.org/resources/26586.

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