Genuino 101 available in Taiwan
A new learning experience in hands-on practice
As computational thinking is becoming increasingly important to different sectors of Taiwan, the use of development boards to strengthen programming learning and competencies integration is an inspiring new trend in education. Pioneering the use of development boards in education, the first ever Intel Maker Teaching Contest helped teachers use Intel’s latest Genuino 101 Development Board to design creative teaching units and effectively implement such teaching units. Moreover, the Ministry of Education’s computational thinking promotion program had four Internet of Things (IoT) practice courses during the 2016 summer break. The courses were provided in four one-day workshops for senior high and vocational senior high school students to strengthen computational thinking and experience the fun of DIY.
Teaching concepts realized at classroom
The winning teams at the first Intel Maker Teaching Contest include outstanding teachers from six schools in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Kaohsiung, and Yilan. They are successful in designing computational thinking-provoking courses for elementary, junior high, senior high, and vocational senior high school students to facilitate their development of innovative applications. Each team received fifteen Genuino 101 Development Boards as well as subsidization for the supplies required for teaching to enable effective teaching unit implementation.
During the summer break, every team of teachers prepared what would be required for the new semester starting September. In the new semester, they will use the latest development boards provided by Intel to develop different innovative and interesting teaching units such as cell phone DIY, solar panel light tracking, farm management automation, open-source scientific instrument development, target practice scoring automation, self-balancing electric vehicles, etc. Students will be guided to transform the teaching units into realities with their own hands while exercising logical analysis and computational thinking to explore the fun of innovative applications.。
First development board experience that is both exciting and nervous
Beginning July 2, the Ministry of Education’s computational thinking promotion program provided four one-day workshops respectively in Hualien, Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung for local senior high and vocational senior high school students with great computational thinking potential. The workshops not only held enlivened challenges by team to help think and understand how to apply information science to daily life but also introduced Intel’s latest Genuino 101 Development Board. Genuino 101’s six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope can help design simple pedometers for students to have a hands-on experience in programing and parts assembly into workable devices.
Although the senior high and vocational senior high school students were at first unfamiliar with protoboards, different components and parts, electronic schematics, and pins, most of them completed what they were required to do after some discussions among themselves and suitable guidance provided to them. The workshops amounted to a brand new and unforgettable experience to participants.
Because computational thinking is indispensable to the talents in the forthcoming IoT era, a hands-on experience in working with Genuino 101 not only helps students understand and analyze how programming works but also stimulates their imagination to develop future capabilities for innovative applications.
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