New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Two Year College Division
Teaching the Internet of Things (IoT) using universally available Raspberry Pi and Arduino platforms
Major technology corporations like IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and others have taken direct aim at the rapidly developing Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm. These corporations believe that the next major technologic evolution (and hence their future markets and customers) will revolve around this newest application of the Internet. These companies and most involved in the technology fields believe that we are on the cusp of the next transformation of machinery: the process of adding intelligence and connectivity to small to large-scale technology systems and in this process creating the Internet of Things. Already, academic and industry experts in various technical fields have given catchy names to these proposed systems: autonomous cars, Smart Grid, Smart Buildings, Smart Homes, e-health care, are but a few terms that have made it into the popular press. These large-scale and not-so-large-scale applications are becoming possible due to the convergence of several key technologies. Essentially, through the use of networked embedded controllers (ambient intelligence) and complex sensors and actuators (sensor networks) one is able to create intelligent infrastructure systems (i.e. cyber-physical systems) that have the potential to change almost every aspect of mankind’s interaction with the environment and most all other human endeavors.
Presently, formal education in these Internet applications is lacking. Cisco, through its online Networking Academy offers a short overview course about the Internet of Everything (IoE) and has announced its intent to offer more online courses about the topic. However, access is restricted to colleges that have networking academies. IBM has recently launched its Internet of Things Foundation that offers business and industry partners, as well as, educational entities, development tools to implement and test out their IoT applications with the further ability to visually display acquired data in real time. However, most colleges that offer engineering technology education at the two-year college level, as of yet, do not have educational courses or programs to teach this new technology. This paper will present our experience in our initial attempts to teach an introduction of this technology to our students and to also possibly induce students to become interested in STEM fields. A new four credit course ELE-111 (three hours of lecture and three hours of lab), entitled, Internet of Everything, has been offered to our students this past year. This paper will recount our experience with this particularly hardware centric hands-on course. Course and lab content will be covered and our experience with what worked and what did not will be discussed. This effort to produce technicians with the skill sets needed to install, evaluate, maintain, and up-grade these IoT systems as they are envisioned is destined to be an ongoing process at our institution.
Mullett, G. J. (2016, June), Teaching the Internet of Things (IoT) Using Universally Available Raspberry Pi and Arduino Platforms Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26053
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