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Tokyo Tech students hold microcomputer workshop

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September 10, 2018

Tokyo Tech’s Society for the Study of Robotics teamed up with Swiss-based STMicroelectronics (ST) and the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC) to host a microcomputer workshop on April 25 and May 2. A total of 32 students participants over the two days, with ST staff joining in on the second day.

Kicking things off at the workshop

Kicking things off at the workshop

Microcomputer connected to an electrical circuit
Microcomputer connected to an electrical circuit

Aimed at newly enrolled bachelor-level students with an interest in microcomputers — fundamental components of embedded systems and the Internet of Things — the event provided participants with the opportunity to study fundamental circuits and software while testing out how microcomputers operate different device components.

Microcomputers are compact, energy-efficient computers that allow LEDs, motors, and other components to be controlled using sensors and pre-written code. As part of its university program, ST supplied the participants with fifty STM32 F446RE development boards— products with an ARM architecture CPU that is increasingly utilized in smartphones. The programming environment was provided online, making the workshop easy to implement.

Based on post-event surveys, over 80 percent of the participants felt that the event was an enjoyable one, with many praising Tokyo Tech’s teaching assistants for their helpful support throughout the event.

Student club member assisting participants
Student club member assisting participants

Student club member answering questions
Student club member answering questions

Group photo after completion of the workshop

Group photo after completion of the workshop

Society for the Study of Robotics

Tokyo Tech's Society for the Study of Robotics, an official student club, focuses on the research and development of robotics, including circuit and software technology. While many focus on robot creation, club members are free to create whatever they want. The environment is such that even students with no prior knowledge can learn design-related mathematical aspects and circuit-related practical methods from scratch.

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