Affordable infrared (IR) cameras provide a unique opportunity to motivate and enhance the education of engineering students. We used both IR and visible images from a FLIR E60 camera as an instructional vehicle in a digital image processing course, where students came from several engineering majors. These IR and visible images were used as the basis for an open-ended final project in the course. Assessment via both pre- and post-project questionnaires showed the project was a positive experience for the students, and helped motivate them to learn the material. This paper discusses the course, the camera, the project, and how effective it was to add this project to the course.
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Wright, Cameron H.G. and Welch, Thad B.. (2017). "Using IR Cameras Beyond Outreach: Motivational Projects for Engineering Students". 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 19308-1 - 19308-12.