“I’m used to it, because I’ve been in college
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14-year-old Tanishq Abraham, who graduated from U.C. Davis with a
degree in biomedical engineering, as quoted by KX TV on May 21, 2018. He
will soon be starting on his doctorate.
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Engineers who can also code are in demand, especially with
a future where mechanical parts
are controlled by software. Proficiency in C and C++ is considered a
good start, MATLAB is valuable for
engineering design, and Python is
hot for machine learning.
For a good introduction to coding, Arduino—the hardware-and-software platform used to make
moving robots and other electronics—is offering a new Arduino Engineering Kit. The kit is intended
to teach students how to make
moving objects and comes with a
license to Math Works’ MATLAB
and Simulink, which are widely
used in engineering and design.
The engineering kit has mechanical and electronic parts to
build a navigable mobile rover with
a forklift, a self-balancing motorcycle, or a robot that can replicate
a drawing on a whiteboard. The
parts to build these things—
including chassis and wheels—are
included in the package.
This kit, priced at €199, will first
ship in Europe.
Arduino isn’t known for teaching students about security, which
is becoming critical in machine
design, but the engineering kit will
provide exposure to Io T and wireless communications. Low-cost
Arduino boards are being strung
together in Io T projects and to
prototype equipment. ME
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The new Arduino Engineering Kit is
intended to teach students how to
make and control moving objects.
Photo: Alberto Morici