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?
Instructor materials for this learning module are available here.
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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