The College of Science and Technology had a three-day, (1 st March-3 rd March 2021), a training programme on using Arduino Uno, A microcontroller board used for various applications. The programme was coordinated by the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, ECED, resourced by Dr. Kazuhiro Muramatsu, a faculty in ECED. Twenty-five interested staff from various programmes signed up for the training.
Arduino Uno is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega328P. The board is equipped with sets of digital and analog input/output (I/O) pins that may be interfaced to various expansion boards (shields) and other circuits. The Arduino Uno board contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; It can be simply connected to a computer with a USB cable or power with an AC-to-DC adapter or battery to get started. This makes it portable and easy to set up at any point for experimentation and measurement.
The training was offered keeping in mind the focus our education system is to give to STEM education. Designed around project-based learning, this kit is a practical, hands-on learning experience that helps learners develop key engineering skills, and learn core aspects of mechatronics and Matlab and Simulink programming. The Engineering Kit gives basic engineering concepts through projects that create a fun and collaborative learning environment. The programming and usage of the kit were also introduced to the staff as a tool for research because the kit connects what we learn with real-world industries and deepens knowledge through experimentation.
Arduino Education creates the next generation of STEM programs that empower students on their learning journey and help them thrive.