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Engineering Pathway

engineering pathway logoThe Engineering Pathway is a portal to high-quality teaching and learning resources in engineering, applied science and math, computer science/information technology, and engineering technology and is designed for use by K-12 and university educators and students. The K-12 engineering curriculum uses engineering as a vehicle for the integration of hands-on science and mathematics through real-world designs and applications that inspire the creativity of youth. The Engineering Pathway's goal is to provide resources that help teachers, parents, faculty, and practicing engineers to inspire more of today's students to follow an engineering path as their way to understand and improve the world. The goal is to promote high standards of teaching excellence through research, faculty development, pedagogical innovations, assessment, and support. Every class you teach is also a research opportunity. We are passionate about continually striving to improve engineering education. Here you can find resources to help kick start or continue your research to improve engineering education.

Explore Engineering Pathway course preparation.



NEEDS logoNEEDS - a digital library with links to online learning materials in engineering and related areas of science and math - has partnered with TeachEngineering to develop the Engineering Pathway, your portal to the most comprehensive collection of resources for all types of engineering education. The National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS) is a digital library of learning resources for engineering education. NEEDS provides web-based access to a database of learning resources where the user (whether they be learners or instructors) can search for, locate, download, and comment on resources to aid their learning or teaching process. In addition NEEDS supports a multi-tier evaluation system from our national award competition with sponsors from industry to user-based reviews of individual learning resources.

Further information can be found by viewing NEEDS Courseware and Publications.


Engineering Simulations in MERLOT sorted by sub-categories:

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national instruments logoNI hardware delivers modular and easy-to-use solutions for a wide variety of applications ranging from simple data logging to high-performance automated test, industrial control, and advanced embedded control and monitoring.


NI myDAQ is used for a variety of application areas to improve student learning in engineering education. Below you can find resources to learn how NI myDAQ is used in each of the following application areas:.

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Circuits and Electronics
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Build and experiment with circuits on NI myDAQ to reinforce fundamental concepts and theory. With NI Multisim circuit design software integration, students can build a circuit like a bandpass filter in simulation, and then evaluate the relationships between ideal components and physical components in experimentation. Educators can use this platform to teach concepts such as the following:
  • Resistive, capacitive, and inductive circuits
  • AC analysis and frequency response
  • Operational amplifier and filter circuits
  • Bipolar junction transistor (BJT) circuits
Details and get access to Circuits and Electronics.

Understand active RC filters with NI myDAQ, NI ELVIS, and Multisim

Teach superposition with NI myDAQ, Multisim, and NI LabVIEW
Mechanical Measurements
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Students can move from paper-and-pencil problems to hardware prototyping on NI myDAQ in a measurement theory course, interfacing with real-world signals to perform tasks to measure and control by connecting to sensors and actuators. A hands-on approach gives students practical experience in topics including the following:
  • Temperature measurements
  • Strain measurement
  • Motion, force, and power measurements
  • Actuators
Details and get access to Mechanical Measurements.

Analyze measurements on a system of multiple temperature sensors

Understand accelerometer principles by creating a small-scale earthquake
Signals and Systems
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The professional-grade data acquisition capabilities of NI myDAQ make it possible to perform live signal processing experiments on topics ranging from sampling and time domain analysis to frequency domain concepts and manipulation, as well as the following:
  • Audio acquisition: sample rates and buffer sizes
  • Filtering and spectrum: audio equalizing
  • Amplitude shift keying: text messaging
Details and get access to Signals and Systems.

Teach frequency domain with NI myDAQ and LabVIEW

See additional NI myDAQ signal-processing curriculum resources
Other Applications
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  • Intro to engineering
  • Student Design
  • Biomedical engineering
Details and get access to Other Applications.

Introduce flight dynamics with a miniature helicopter system

See the at-home projects created by students using NI myDAQ



LabVIEW is a graphical programming platform that helps engineers scale from design to test and from small to large systems. It offers unprecedented integration with existing legacy software, IP, and hardware while capitalizing on the latest computing technologies. LabVIEW provides tools to solve today's problems–and the capacity for future innovation–faster and more effectively.

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Measurements and Instrumentation
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LabVIEW is used to help students learn methods and procedures important for experimental investigation of mechanical engineering phenomena and systems. Sensors, measurements, and instrumentation are the cornerstones of hands-on learning in engineering. National Instruments provides a variety of platforms that help educators teach students sensors, measurement, and instrumentation concepts. These affordable platforms help students acquire and analyze data from the real world and present data to visualize theory.

Details and get access to Measurements and Instrumentation.

Link to classroom resources and courseware.

Product solution for measurements and instrumentation.
Circuits and Electronics Education
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The NI circuits teaching solution is the complete platform of software, hardware, and courseware for educators to build student expertise through practical application in design, prototyping, and testing of electrical circuits. With these affordable and enduring tools, educators can create engaged students who are prepared with relevant experience in their engineering field.

Details and get access to Circuits and Electronics Education.

Classroom resources and courseware.

Product Solutions for Circuit Education.
Teaching Controls and Mechatronics
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The NI education platform for controls is the only teaching solution that equips students to go from design to prototype in one semester. Students design on industry-standard modular NI CompactRIO hardware built to inherently leverage the power of NI LabVIEW system design software.

Details and get access to Teaching Controls and Mechatronics.

Browse courseware for teaching controls concepts with the NI education platform.

View the experiment on: Two Wheeled Balancing Transport Platform.
Signal and Image Processing
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National Instruments offers a flexible platform that is ideal for signal processing teaching and research: Explore signal processing in NI LabVIEW software using both graphical and .m file script-compatible textual tools backed by a comprehensive function library. Design filters interactively using the LabVIEW Digital Filter Design Toolkit . Prototype your designs targeting digital signal processors (DSPs), field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and embedded processors.

Details and get access to Signal and Image Processing.

Labview for Signal Processing.

View Webcast Signal Filter Design with Labview Tutorial.



edx logoedX is a massive open online course (MOOC) platform founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University to host online university-level courses. edX has a prototype course in Circuits and Electronics and other Engineering virtual lab topics. Where applicable, online laboratories are incorporated into the course. For example, in edX's first MOOC a circuits and electronics course -students built virtual circuits in an online lab. edX platform uses online learning software that uses interactive experiences. As innovators and experimenters, the edX platform is available as open source under the Creative Commons. By conducting and publishing significant research on how students learn, edX empowers and inspires educators around the world and promotes success in learning.

For further information explore edX platform for your Virtual labs


Virtual Labs

Virtual labs logo Virtual Labs - An Initiative of the Government of India Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under the National Mission on Education through Information and Communicaton Technology (NME-ICT) Project.

The Virtual Labs in this project are divided into two categories: simulation based labs and remote triggered labs. Many of the simulation based labs do not require registration. You can directly perform the experiment without registering yourself. On the other hand, some of the simulation virtual labs require registration for which the user can go to the respective website and do a one-time registration. The site also contains Remote Triggered Labs in which you have to book a slot in order to access them. Once registered, a user can login using the same credentials every time. This registration has to be done by the user separately for each of the remote triggered virtual labs.

Explore some of the VIRTUAL LABS ready for use.


ADD Free Virtual Labs You're Using or Authored Into MERLOT

Are you using free Virtual Lab materials you found on the web in your teaching or your learning? Have you posted free Virtual Labs online that are open for others to use? We invite you to catalog these Virtual Labs you use or authored in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials to MERLOT are available).

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