Arduino and MathWorks team up to offer students new Arduino Engineering Kit



Powered by MATLAB and Simulink software, the first official Arduino Engineering Kit provides a hands-on educational approach

Arduino today announced its partnership with MathWorks, a leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists, to reinforce the importance of Arduino at the university level in the fields of engineering, Internet of Things, and robotics. The Arduino Engineering Kit is the first product released as a result of the partnership and will be available for purchase starting today on the Arduino online store. The Arduino Engineering Kit consists of three cutting-edge, Arduino-based projects that teach students how to build modern electronic devices – challenging them intellectually and helping them develop physical engineering skills that will better prepare them to enter the commercial market following graduation.

“Our goal is to have a significant impact on the next generation of engineers. To do that, we have been working hard to develop educational products that can inspire students around the world with a strong emphasis on a project-based educational approach,” said Fabio Violante, Arduino CEO. “We’re excited to be working with MathWorks to facilitate this process in universities around the world, aligning education with industry.”

Following the global success of the Arduino CTC 101 program, the program for upper secondary schools, the Arduino Engineering Kit enables college students and educators to incorporate core engineering concepts into their Arduino projects, thanks to industry-standard tools for algorithm development, system modeling, and simulation.

“We designed the Arduino Engineering Kit the way we would have liked to have learned mechatronics, control algorithms, state machines, and complex sensing when we were in our first years of engineering school: in a fun and challenging way,” said David Cuartielles, Arduino co-founder and Arduino Education CTO. “It’s all about hands-on activities built on top of well-grounded theoretical concepts. But more importantly, after finishing the basic materials, there’s plenty of flexibility to experiment, for the students to deviate and test their engineering creativity.”

Inside the new kit is an easy-to-use Arduino MKR1000 board, several customized parts, and a complete set of electrical and mechanical components needed to assemble all three projects:

  • Self-Balancing Motorcycle: This motorcycle will maneuver on its own on various terrains and remain upright using a flywheel for balance.
  • Mobile Rover: This vehicle can navigate between given reference points, move objects with a forklift, and much more.
  • Whiteboard Drawing Robot: This amazing robot can take a drawing it’s given and replicate it on a whiteboard.

In addition to the hardware included, after registering online, the student will have access to a dedicated e-learning platform and other learning materials. Additionally, they are granted a one-year individual license for MATLAB and Simulink, which provides them with hands-on experience in system modeling and embedded algorithm development.

“Today’s engineers are being asked to build increasingly smart, autonomous and connected systems,” said Roy Lurie, vice president of engineering, MATLAB products at MathWorks. “The Arduino Engineering Kit with MATLAB and Simulink gives students a unique, hands-on experience with the tools that are used to build these systems by engineers around the world.”

Visit store.arduino.cc/arduino-engineering-kit for more information.

NOTE TO EDITORS

Arduino Engineering Kit

Released:  May 2018

MSRP:  € 249 (Europe, Middle-East, Africa), $ 299 (US, Canada, Latin America, Asia)

Grades:  Post-Secondary Education (college, 1st and 2nd year engineering university, vocational training)

Available May 2018:  store.arduino.cc/arduino-engineering-kit, MathWorks sales channels

Arduino Education:  education@arduino.cc, store-edu@arduino.cc

About Arduino

Arduino is an open-source hardware, software, and content platform with a worldwide community of over 30 million active users. It has powered thousands of projects over the years, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments. Arduino is widely adopted by students and educators in schools, colleges and universities around the world. This has been made possible by a wide range of boards for each communication protocol, including WiFi, Bluetooth, LoRa, Sigfox, GSM, and by a passion to develop sophisticated content to make project-based learning as easy and engaging as possible for both educators and students. For additional information, visit arduino.cc.

The Arduino Community includes more than 30 million users per year, 500,000 active forum members, and 60,000 unique users per year who use the Arduino/MATLAB integration. The Arduino website (arduino.cc) boasts approximately 8 million visits and more than 23 million page views per month.

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computational software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design for multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 4000 people in 16 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.A. For additional information, visit mathworks.com.

MATLAB and Simulink are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. See mathworks.com/trademarks for a list of additional trademarks. Other product or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

 

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