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ARM Developer Day:Engaging Engineering Students throughTargeted Hands-On WorkshopsEngineering students are more scarce than ever and we as instructors need to motivate themas well as to expose them to state of the art technologies and tools that they will be using whenjoining the workforce. On the other hand we have identified an industrial convergence intoARM processors as the preferred microcontroller architecture for embedded devices which areand will be used in billions of consumer and industrial electronic products.While an analysis of current embedded products may show that there is still a heavy use of 8 bitmicrocontrollers; due to code efficiency, cost, power consumption and a large variety ofvendors supporting 32 bit ARM based microcontrollers, there is an industry trend to startdesigning next generation products using these architecture. In addition, another advantage isthat students trained on single microcontroller architecture would be ready to start developingapplications when hired and the companies will not waste resources in training for particularmicroprocessor families.Based on the above, we have been organizing for the last three years, the “ARM DeveloperDay” where we have joined forces with multiple silicon, software, and product vendors to offera full day of free hands-on workshops for engineering and engineering technology students. Butthe workshops are not limited to this cohort; there have been entrepreneurs, hobbyists,multidisciplinary teams, and faculty participating in these events. The event has generated a lotof enthusiasm and last year it was expanded to include a design contest that was held sixmonths later during a festival, where students had the opportunity to demonstrate theirproducts to the general audience and had to convince them to vote for their projects in orderto win the contest by giving an elevator’s pitch why their project is the best.The day of the event we had a series of concurrent workshops with several companies teachinga different platform several times a day to accommodate student’s schedule. In 2011 therewere 10 companies and 16 concurrent workshops and more than 100 students registered.Most of the platforms used in the workshop are economically viable for both students and theuniversity. Several of the workshops are based on open source platforms that encouragestudents and faculty to participate and enhance the current code repositories and knowledgebases, as well as also creating open hardware prototypes for building projects. The event hasalso had a large distribution of hardware and software platforms that students and facultycould use to develop innovative products and promote entrepreneurship.
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