I do not believe that there is anything more powerful in our industry for mentoring prospective young ‘techies’ than a learning tool powered by MATLAB and Simulink software. This month we saw the intro of the first official Arduino Engineering Kit which provides a hands-on educational approach from this team effort. We need more of this kind of collaboration for STEM development in our future if we want to keep up with the pace of technology.
This university-level kit educates young, potential designers in the fields of engineering, Internet of Things, and robotics. It is the next best thing to being an intern and having a good mentor at an industry electronics company while attending college. I had a Heathkit crystal radio when I was a youngster, but this is Heathkit on steroids.
The Arduino Engineering Kit contains three Arduino-based projects that teach students how to build practical modern electronic devices. Users will be challenged intellectually and begin to develop physical engineering skills that will prepare them to enter the commercial market following graduation.
This kit is the next step up after the Arduino CTC 101 program, the program for upper secondary schools.
This latest Arduino Engineering Kit will give college students and educators the core engineering concepts needed for their Arduino projects due to industry-standard tools for algorithm development, system modeling, and simulation. More importantly, after finishing the basic materials, there is now the flexibility to experiment and for the students to deviate and test their engineering creativity.
The new kit contains an easy-to-use Arduino MKR1000 board, several customized 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.
It’s not just about the hardware because after registering online, the student will have access to a dedicated e-learning platform and other learning materials. They will also be given a one-year individual license for MATLAB and Simulink; This will provide them with hands-on experience in system modeling and embedded algorithm development.
Visit Arduino Engineering Kit for more details on this kit which was released May 2018.
Pricing: € 249 (Europe, Middle-East, Africa), $ 299 (US, Canada, Latin America, Asia)
Grades: Post-Secondary Education (college, 1st and 2nd year engineering university, vocational training)