GCET SBC: Workshop on Arduino

Hands on workshop on arduino

DATE-: 20-23 FEBRUARY , 2017
VENUE-: GCET, V.V.NAGAR

Arduino is a computer hardware and software company, project and user community that designs and manufactures microcontroller kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control objects in the physical world. Arduino board designs use a variety of microprocessors and controllers. So, IEEE GCET IAS/PES Joint Chapter came up with an idea to organize a four (4) day workshop on Arduino to introduce students about Arduino.

The Schedule of Workshop was as follows:

DAY 1

  • Introduction to Arduino (hardware)
  • Introduction to Arduino sketch (software)
  • Introduction to some commands
  • Digital pin examples (related to LED, pushbutton)

DAY 2

  • Continue on some digital pin examples
  • Arduino ADC and DAC introduction
  • PWM introduction

DAY 3

  • Analog commands introduction
  • Analog examples including PWM
  • Analog and Digital mixed tasks

DAY 4

  • Some on the spot tasks to be done by them
  • Ultrasonic Sensor

The timing of the workshop was 5:30 to 7:30 pm for all the 4 days.

Whole workshop was conducted by the following Expert Speakers:

  1. Varun Shah, student of department of EC, GCET College with an expertise on Arduino.
  2. Pratiksha Singh, student of department of EC, GCET College.

The event managers for the workshop were:

  1. Rajdeep Rathod, chairperson – IEEE GCET IAS/PES Joint Chapter
  2. Mayank Limbachiya, Student Branch Representative – IEEE GCET SB

Total 55 students of our college of various branch, with keen interest, participated in the workshop.

As per the schedule, the first session commenced at 05:30 pm in GCET premises.

The session was all about introducing students to Arduino, which was delivered by Varun Shah (see picture 1).

Picture 1: Varun Shah, explaining basic concepts and instructions to students, on day 1.

 

The session commenced with answering the basic question running through every participant’s minds, i.e.., what is Arduino? to which Varun Shah gave a brief theoretical introduction. In this workshop participants were participated in a group of 2-3 per team and we have also provided them Arduino board with the necessary peripheral components which were required for the workshop.

Hereafter, through each group necessary software and files were circulated that was required for the workshop. After which, students were made to install the software and files into their PC’s and the Arduino respectively.

As soon as the software and required files were installed, lecturer Varun Shah continued the session with explaining the functioning of Arduino through Flow charts and Block Diagrams for better understanding for students via PPT presentation. Further, pin diagrams and interfacing techniques were taught to students. By this, students got a clear idea and gained interest over the topic.

Important information and points were made to be noted down. Furthermore, the useful tips and tricks were given to the participating members so as to avoid the common mistakes done while programming.

On the second day, the participating members were given an overview about the application areas of Arduino that would be demonstrated in the other session. Also Varun Shah shows some basic circuits with the use of Arduino board. He also explained about ADC and DAC which is very important feature of Arduino. Also some basic tasks were given to participants which they have to do on their own at their home.

Same way on the third day Pratiksha and Varun continued their session. First they have addressed some queries of participants and then they have started with the Analog examples and the importance of Analog pins in Arduino. They have taken some examples of Analog pins by using the components which was given to participants. They have also shown some projects which they have done by using the Arduino.

As per the schedule on day four some more tasks were given to participants and the experts were solving their doubts regarding the problems they were facing in programing as well as in circuits. Pratiksha Singh gave the basic introduction on Ultrasonic sensor and the uses of the same.

Varun Shah was solving some doubts of participants regarding Arduino programing (see picture 2).

Picture 2: Varun Shah, addressing doubts regarding Arduino programing, on day 4.

For further guidance, references of many sites were provided to students. Also, for further assistance, contacts of the Lecturers were shared.

At the end of workshop, students were asked to share their experience of this whole workshop.

 As a vote of thanks, Abhijit Gupta (Chairperson – IEEE GCET SB), spoke few words to thank the lecturers for sharing their knowledge with the students and were honoured with Mementoes and Certificates.

Students found the workshop very informative and interactive. They were very keen and enthusiastic to attend such workshops in coming future.