Connected MCU Lab Workshop in France


Imagination, Digilent, Microchip company logos

Electronics “EE” students study and use microcontrollers (“MCUs”) early in their courses. Sadly these classes are often out-of-date, dominated by 8 bit devices, in particular the venerable 8051. Yet, it is well understood that when these students move into industry, the dominant MCU architectures will all be 32 bit.

The Connected Microcontroller (MCU) Lab is a semester-long course that provides everything you need to teach the basics of modern MCUs and to create an IoT system for your undergraduates. It’s the starting point, taking students through the basic microcontroller and I/O features, through real-time operating system concepts and advanced processor architecture, and finally into the principles of cloud connectivity. Using the open-source Creator IoT Framework, students can look at data in the cloud and remotely access the MCU node. Students taking this course will be empowered to develop their own projects and deepen their understanding.

The platform is the Digilent chipKIT™ Wi-FIRE board  that uses the Microchip the PIC32 MCU. It’s powerful, with excellent expansion and connectivity. This is the right kind of hardware for repeated lab-use, and for student projects. The software tools are Microchip’s MPLAB X IDE: free to download, well documented, and fully supported. The teaching materials are provided in editable formats to facilitate adaptation, available now in English and soon in Chinese, Russian and Spanish. More details here

This is a “Train the Trainer” event. If you teach MCUs this workshop will help you greatly! It’s also open to post-grads who are building projects, but places are limited.
Give us a day of your time and we will equip you well: the materials you need and how to use them, and for all teachers who complete the training, a complete set of hardware to take away!

Workshop Details



  • Welcome & Introduction to the Imagination University Programme (IUP)
  • Introduction to the Connected MCU Lab
    • Course goals, constraints, approach, customization
    • Overview of course and platform
  • Hands-On Activities
    • Tool installation completion (as needed)
    • Blinking an LED
    • LED scanner and switch reader
    • Basic concurrency, state machines and interrupts
    • LED scanner with timer delays
    • LED dimmer with timer/OC/ADC.
    • Using RTOS features (uses Basic I/O shield)
    • Creator IoT framework
  • Conclusion
    • Access to Teaching Materials
    • Questions and answers



These workshops are free of charge for members of academia but places are limited and demand will be strong, so please apply for your place quickly. Please do not apply if you are not sure you can attend.

  • Free of charge for members of academia
  • Open to academic faculty members, with a priority for those involved directly in teaching.
  • If over-booked, we reserve the right to accept or refuse registrations based on our desire to enable the widest number of universities and colleges to participate
  • Prior experience of C programming or Microchip’s MPLAB X is useful but not essential
  • Participants should download and install [MPLAB X] on their laptops ahead of the workshop


Please apply online here.

Find out about the Imagination University Programme

For more information or enquiries, please visit our University Programme Page or IUP Forum.The IUP Team will be on-hand to discuss your interests. To stay in touch, please register for the Imagination University Programme here

You are invited to please circulate this workshop to academic friends and colleagues…