You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
― R. Buckminster Fuller
In the current scenario, the classes on basic electronics theory are indeed just that: theory. This does not resonate with the students and eventually ends up dissipating their enthusiasm in the engineering curriculum. The TI Centre for Embedded Product Design, NSIT, New Delhi organized a 4-week long Summer Internship Programme on Microcontroller based Embedded System Design, to help develop this pedagogy of providing explicit first-hand experience to the participants in the field of electronics. It aimed at transfusing in them the maker spirit and providing proficiency in implementing their own ideas in the form of working projects
The programme was targeted at students, teachers and professionals who are starting their career in embedded systems. It offered two tracks –
Track A – MSP430 Low Power Microcontroller from Texas Instruments
Track B – BeagleBone Black Single Board Computer from Texas Instruments
The registrations for the programme commenced during the last week of March, 2016. Over 150 entries from ungergraduate & post-graduate students as well as faculty, from numerous institutions across 17 states were received by the deadline of mid May. The interested applicants confirmed their participation by paying the requisite programme fees before the commencement of the programme on June 6, 2016.
There were 116 confirmed participants - students and faculty - from a multitude of disciplines. Illustrated below are some interesting statistics, highlighting the multiformity of the participants.
Geographic Distribution of Participants
Each participant was provided with a backpack consisting the INSPIRE Components Kit (http://dvgadre.blogspot.in/2014/11/reviving-student-interest-in-electronics.html), INSPIRE Tools Box, 3 1/2 Digit Multimeter, Evaluation Kit (of the chosen track) and a t-shirt as a gift from TI-CEPD, NSIT.
It also contained one of the finest collections of books covering topics of general interest, ranging from basic electronics, analog and digital circuits, physical enterfacing, power supply, system design etc, as well as track specific topics like controller architecture and programming. After all, as Jasper Fforde says “Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.”
The aim of providing all these components was that the spirit of innovation and invention should not be hampered by the lack of resources after the conclusion of the 4-week programme.