Faculty Member attended Co-ordinators' Workshop on Arduino
18th January 2020
One day co-ordinator workshop on Arduino (second workshop in the IOT series) was held at IIT Bombay on 18th January 2020 under the aegis of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Training and funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The workshop was meant for faculties from technical institutes who would act as course coordinators and organize the main workshop at their respective remote centres.
Over 100 Remote centres participated in the workshop from all over India. Faculty member Mr. Chandra Shekhar Singh (Associate Professor - Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering) from Dronacharya College of Engineering, Gurugram (Remote Centre - 1299), Best Engineering College in Delhi NCR attended the workshop.
Session 1: Interactive session
The inaugural address was given by the Prof. Kannan Moudgalya Principal Investigator, PMMMNMTT, IIT Bombay and Prof G.V.V. Sharma, IIT Hyderabad. The workshop was sponsored by Electronics Sector Skills Council of India.
Addressing the participants, Prof. Kannan Moudgalya emphasised on the practical implementation of theoretical concepts of Engineering, Science and Technology. He also explained the importance of Arduino which is an open source platform used for building electronics projects. Arduino consists of both a physical programmable circuit board or microcontroller and software, IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that runs on the computer. It is used to write and upload computer code to the physical board.
Prof G.V.V. Sharma stressed on the fact, there is a need to bring a major shift in aspiration and expectations of students. This requires a revamp in academics, making it more hands on and project oriented. He was confident that the Arduino based labs for microcontroller is cost effective and very well related to the present technology such as AI, IoT, machine learning etc. He also gives the example of Arduino based labs implemented at IIT Hyderabad.
Session 2: Hand on Training Session
After the interactive session, a hand on training session on Arduino board was conducted for five hours. In the session workshop was conducted using the Spoken Tutorial methodology. Participants learned Arduino by listening to the Spoken Tutorials and practicing them on 'Arduino kit' which consists of all the basic components required for Hand On practise such as Arduino Uno board, LCD, Push Button, DHT11, LED,Motor,L293D IC, ESP8266, Bread Board and Necessary connecting wires.
The session is totally Do It Yourself (DIY) type training in which each and every interfacing of the components as well as programming on the Arduino board is to be done exactly by following the steps given in spoken tutorial videos. The spoken tutorials videos consisted of various experiments starting from the basic level to advanced level such as Electronic components and connections, Introduction to Arduino, Arduino components and IDE, First Arduino Program, Arduino with Tri-colour LED and Push button, Arduino with LCD, Display counter using Arduino, Seven Segment Display, Pulse Width Modulation, Analog Digital Converter, Wireless connectivity to Arduino.
Session 3: Q&A, Valedictory session
In the last session, the participants asked various questions regarding the problems they faced during the training assignments, from Arduino team at IIT Bombay.
The workshop was beneficial to all Remote Centres Co-ordinators as they learnt various practical approaches using Arduino. Feedback regarding workshop was also filled by all the participants in the end.