Connected MCU Lab Workshop (United Kingdom)


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 Sadly these classes are often out-of-date, dominated by 8 bit devices, in particular the venerable 8051.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. The teaching materials are provided in editable formats to facilitate adaptation, available now in English, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, and Korean. Soon to be available in 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!

VENUE: Room 3105 Eric Mensforth Building
Sheffield Hallam University

DATE: 4 October 2017

TIME: 12:00 – 19:30

• 11:45 – Registration
• 12:15 – Introduction to the Connected MCU Lab
• 13:30 – Hands on: Lab 1: Blinking an LED (+ tool installation completion, if required)
• 14:00 – Hands on: LED scanner and switch reader (Lab 3)
• 14:40 – Hands on: Basic concurrency state, state machine and interrupts (Demo 4)
• 15:00 – Introduction to the Imagination University Programme
• 15:45 – Tea Break
• 16:15 – Hands on: LED Scanner with timer delays (Project 6)
• 17:00 – Hands on: LED dimmer with timer/OC/ADC (Demo 6)
• 17:15 – Hands on: Using FreeRTOS features (Lab 10)
• 18:15 – Hands on: Creator IoT framework (Lab 13)
• 19:15 – Q&A / Wrap up

Dr. Deepayan Bhowmik – Department of Computing, Sheffield Hallam University

• Sean Raby – Solutions Engineering Manager, Imagination Technologies
• Zubair Kakakhel – Lead Design Engineer, Imagination Technologies
• Julian Ingram – Software Design Engineer, Imagination Technologies
• Robert Owen – Manager: Worldwide University Programme

• Free of charge for members of academia
• Open to academic faculty members, with a priority for those involved directly in teaching.
• 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.
• 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
• Post-graduate students are welcome, but priority will be given to Lecturers and Lab Managers. (NB: Students are not eligible for the free hardware tools.)

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