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IoT technology is becoming increasingly pervasive and far-reaching in our daily lives. IoT devices allow objects to be sensed, monitored, controlled, and actuated remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical and digital worlds, and resulting in economic and societal benefits for a wide range of applications.
This high-school teacher/student training program is part of the education plan of Prof. Fengbo Ren’s CAREER project “Building Energy-Efficient IoT Frameworks - A Data-Driven and Hardware-Friendly Approach Tailored for Wearable Applications” funded by National Science Foundation (NSF). The objective of this training program is to increase the level of literacy and interest of high-school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, through the development and dissemination of advanced course work related to Internet-of-things (IoT) technology.
This 5-year program consists of three 1-summer-month lab visits (in years 2017 - 2019) and two summer workshops (in years 2019-2020).
In the year 2017 of this program, one qualified high-school science teacher will be invited to visit the Prof. Ren’s research lab for one summer month (with stipend) to learn about Prof. Ren’s research and develop advanced course work related to IoT technology. Specifically, the teacher will build simple IoT applications, such as water level management (online example/tutorial) or soil moisture monitor (online example/tutorial) for smart home, by using an Arduino Yún development board and the IoT software libraries from TEMBOO under the guidance of Prof. Ren. All the equipment, parts, and materials will be provided. The teacher will also develop detailed course work descriptions and tutorials that are comprehensible to high school students. The developed course module will be implemented in the teacher’s classroom in the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters.
The same teacher will visit Prof Ren’s lab again for one summer month in the year 2018 (with stipend). Prof. Ren will work with University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness to collect feedback from the teacher and help the teacher refine the course work accordingly. The refined course module will be implemented in the teacher’s classroom in the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters.
In the year 2019, a second teacher (in addition to the first teacher) will also be invited to visit Prof. Ren’s lab for one summer month (with stipend) to help develop new course packages and test the developed course modules in more classrooms and provide more feedbacks. In years 2020 and 2021 of the program, we will host workshops in collaboration with the first two teachers to share their experience and disseminate the developed course packages to 5 more teachers each year.
Throughout the program, each teacher will submit a 1-page report at the end of each semester to report the outcomes of the course module. The equipment and materials needed to implement the developed course module in classrooms will be provided by Prof. Ren (subject to a budget limit of $100/kit).
Through this program, Prof. Ren aims to impart hands-on hardware and software development experience to over 1,000 high school students, as well as share the excitement of engineering research. Ideally, each teacher is expected to reach four sessions of 40 students on average.
Note: Commitment of participating the events in all of the following summers is preferred but not required.
$2,000 ($1200 paid after summer visit; remaining $800 paid after submittal a 1-page report at the end of each semester to report the outcomes of the course module).
20 hours/week during the one month summer lab visits
Arizona State University Tempe Campus