IEEE SB Universiti Putra Malaysia, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, UPM and IEEE Circuit & System Society (CASS) Malaysia Chapter have successfully conducted an Arduino Workshop for school students on the 28th May 2015 at Microprocessor Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
The workshop was participated by 3 instructors and 19 facilitators from Universiti Putra Malaysia; and 40 secondary school students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Indah, Selangor. During the event, the students were introduced to Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, UPM by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Zuha Wan Hasan, Head of Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering while Dr. Haslina Jaafar introduced the Institute of Electric & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Circuits & Systems Society (CASS).
The workshop was divided into two sessions, which were hands-on session and demonstration session. At the beginning of the hands-on session, the students were introduced to basic electronic components such as breadboard, jump wire, resistors, light emitting diode (LED), light dependent resistor (LDR), switch, potentiometer and the Arduino board. The approach taken during this workshop was direct coaching between the facilitators and school students in order to obtain more engagement from the participants. The introduction to these components took about half an hour, as this is the first time the students were being exposed to such components.
The school students also learnt on assembling circuitry using a breadboard, downloading program code onto the Arduino board and learnt several functions of loop and delay commands in the programming. During this session, the students were not asked to perform code writing but they were introduced to codes that have been prepared in advance by the committee. After explaining the code functions, the students were asked to complete certain tasks that require them to modify the given codes. The students were successful in completing the projects using LEDs where at the end of the session, they were able to control the blinking speed of each LED in their circuitry.
After the hands-on session, the facilitators demonstrated several Arduino applications such as in Smart Home, e-Piano and Steady Hand Game. The Smart Home module is designed to control the light sensor, rain sensor, burglar alarm and fire alarm. The e-Piano module uses button switches as its keypads and produces different sound for each button. Lastly, the Steady Hand Game is a game, which the player needs to move a coil across a designed trail without touching the trail. If the coil touches the trail, the buzzer will goes off and the game is over. Players who can complete the task in the shortest time period, is announced as the winner.
The workshop has successfully provided a platform for the school students to learn and apply microcontroller technology besides being exposed on Electrical and Electronics Engineering field. It is hoped that the early exposure will attract the students to pursue their studies in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in the future. Survey from the participants of the workshop indicates that such activity increases their interest as well as confidence level to succeed in engineering field. While feedback from Pn Zaliza Muhammad, a teacher from SMK Seri Indah also mentioned that such activity is beneficial for the students as many of them who participated in the workshop are majoring in technical engineering stream and it gives a new experience to them outside classroom.
The workshops also benefited the IEEE Student Members where they could learn the technology and at the same time serve the community by teaching the school students. This program had increased their confidence level when delivering technical knowledge in public.
Institute of Electric & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is a non-profit organisation and its core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE CASS is one of the technical societies under IEEE and its mission is to foster CASS members across disciplines to address humanity’s grand challenges by conceiving and pioneering solutions to fundamental and applied problems in circuits and systems.
IEEE SB UPM would like to thank Bahagian Hal Ehwal Pelajar, UPM, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, UPM, IEEE Malaysia Section, IEEE Circuits & Systems Society Malaysia Chapter and volunteers from Universiti Putra Malaysia for supporting this event.
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Fatimah Abd Rahman
Arduino Hands-On Workshop : From Zero to Hero! School Program
IEEE SB Universiti Putra Malaysia
Students are assembling their circuit while being facilitated by the facilitators
The demonstration session of Smart Home module
Group photo of the participants of Arduino Workshop with SMK Seri Indah