Antenna laboratory lectures are the most important parts of antenna teaching. They need to cover practical experience and visualising the electromagnetics by measurements. These antenna trainer systems mostly include finished antenna products. There are two types of experiments in these trainer kits. Students either follow the laboratory assistants doing the experiments or measure the antennas in these systems. These antenna trainer systems let the students to see and measure some realized antennas in antenna laboratory lectures which are not enough to learn the basic antenna parameters.
Innovative Anten’it Antenna Training Kit opens a new era in antenna education. Anten’it Antenna Training Kit has many advantages over conventional antenna trainer systems. There are antenna cells in brick form in Anten’it Antenna Training Kit. Antenna cells are metal cells, dielectric cells with different dielectric constants, ground planes and connectors. Students study the theory of the antenna and design steps before the experiment. As professional antenna engineers, they start their design with calculations and use the calculated results as initial dimensions. They build the antenna with initial dimensions and measure via a network analyser. Then, they iterate the antenna by adding or removing antenna cells or changing the shape such as flare angle or etc. and reach the target electromagnetic parameters such as frequency range, beamwidth, antenna gain etc.
Different from conventional antenna trainer kits, Anten’it Antenna Training Kit lets the students to design their own antennas by mounting the antenna cells, change the physical dimensions and see the effect of the physical dimensions to the antenna parameters. Designing their own antennas, iterating the dimensions, measuring the antenna parameters, failing and re-designing the antennas are the steps of active learning.
Students entertain the classes during the antenna laboratory lectures. Anten’it Antenna Training Kit motivates students, let them have a practical experience. In conclusion, students learn antennas better and get ready for the industry either as antenna engineers or antenna users.