Kit to chal­lenge engi­neer­ing stu­dents


ARDUINO, THE open- source elec­tron­ics plat­form based on easy-to- use hard­ware and soft­ware, has team up with math­e­mat­i­cal com­put­ing soft­ware provider, MathWorks, to pro­duce the Arduino Engi­neer­ing Kit.

The prod­uct, pow­ered by MAT­LAB and Simulink soft­ware, is aimed at re­in­forc­ing the im­por­tance of Arduino at the univer­sity level in the fields of engi­neer­ing, Internet of Things, and robotics. The Arduino Engi­neer­ing Kit con­sists of three cut­ting- edge, Arduino- based projects that teach stu­dents how to build mod­ern elec­tronic de­vices – chal­leng­ing them in­tel­lec­tu­ally and helping them de­velop phys­i­cal engi­neer­ing skills that will bet­ter pre­pare them to en­ter the com­mer­cial mar­ket fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion.

“Our goal is to have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the next gen­er­a­tion of en­gi­neers. To do that, we have been work­ing hard to de­velop ed­u­ca­tional prod­ucts that can in­spire stu­dents around the world with a strong em­pha­sis on a project- based ed­u­ca­tional ap­proach,” said Fabio Vi­olante, Arduino CEO. “We de­signed the Arduino Engi­neer­ing Kit the way we would have liked to have learned mecha­tron­ics, con­trol al­go­rithms, state ma­chines, and com­plex sens­ing when we were in our first years of engi­neer­ing school: in a fun and chal­leng­ing way,” said his Arduino co-founder David Cuar­tielles.

The kit con­tains an easy-to-use Arduino MKR1000 board, sev­eral cus­tomised parts, and a com­plete set of elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents needed to assem­ble all three projects:

• Self- bal­anc­ing mo­tor­cy­cle: This mo­tor­cy­cle will ma­neu­ver on its own on var­i­ous ter­rains and re­main up­right us­ing a fly­wheel for bal­ance.

• Mo­bile rover: This ve­hi­cle can nav­i­gate be­tween given ref­er­ence points, move ob­jects with a fork­lift, and much more.

• White­board draw­ing ro­bot: This amaz­ing ro­bot can take a draw­ing it’s given and repli­cate it on a white­board.

In ad­di­tion to the hard­ware in­cluded, af­ter reg­is­ter­ing on­line, the stu­dent will have ac­cess to a ded­i­cated e- learn­ing plat­form and other learn­ing ma­te­ri­als. Ad­di­tion­ally, they are granted a one-year in­di­vid­ual li­cence for MAT­LAB and Simulink, which pro­vides them with hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence in sys­tem mod­el­ing and em­bed­ded al­go­rithm de­vel­op­ment.

“To­day’s en­gi­neers are be­ing asked to build in­creas­ingly smart, au­ton­o­mous and con­nected sys­tems,” said Roy Lurie, vice pres­i­dent of engi­neer­ing, MAT­LAB prod­ucts at MathWorks. “The Arduino Engi­neer­ing Kit with MAT­LAB and Simulink gives stu­dents a unique, hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence with the tools that are used to build these sys­tems by en­gi­neers around the world.”

Over the years Arduino has been the brain of thou­sands of projects, from every­day ob­jects to com­plex sci­en­tific in­stru­ments, says the de­vel­oper. A world­wide com­mu­nity of mak­ers – stu­dents, hob­by­ists, artists, pro­gram­mers, and pro­fes­sion­als – has gath­ered around this open- source plat­form, their con­tri­bu­tions have added up to an in­cred­i­ble amount of ac­ces­si­ble knowl­edge that can be of great help to novices and ex­perts alike.

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