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Pages: 5930-5933
Publication year: 2019
ISBN: 978-84-09-12031-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2019.1430

Conference name: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2019
Location: Palma, Spain

DEVELOPING SKILLS IN ENGINEERING CAPSTONE PROJECTS WITH LOW-COST MICROCONTROLLER SOLUTIONS: THE EPS@ISEP EXPERIENCE

P. Ferreira, B. Malheiro, M. Silva, J. Justo, P. Guedes, A. Duarte, C. Ribeiro

Polytechnic Institute of Porto - Engineering School (PORTUGAL)
The European Project Semester (EPS) project-based learning framework is a multicultural and multidisciplinary one semester engineering capstone programme provided by a network of European Higher Education institutions. Its aim is to prepare 3rd-year undergraduate students to their future professional life, enhancing hard and soft skills and following ethical and sustainable design and development practices. At the School of Engineering of Porto Polytechnic (ISEP) the focus of the EPS programme (EPS@ISEP) is on solving multidisciplinary problems through teamwork, involving engineering, design and business students.

The students work in teams of 5 to 6 students, assembled according to the identified Belbin team roles, and also maximizing student cultural and scientific diversity. On the first week each team chooses to solve one of the open-ended multidisciplinary problems on offer. Those projects involve typically some type of automation and control.

One of the obstacles these eclectic teams face is the lack of hardware/software skills required to design, assemble and test a microcontroller based systems. To help overcome this situation, the programme syllabus includes an 8-hour intensive "Arduino & Electronics Crash Course" at the beginning of the semester due to its market penetration, low-cost, availability of documentation and support, and soft learning curve. This course has effectively contributed to provide students with the necessary knowledge to design and implement simple control systems, leading to the adoption in multiple EPS@ISEP past projects of the Arduino platform/ecosystem. However, the crescent sophistication of the projects, namely the integration with Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, requires the definition of a new strategy, considering the available hardware/software alternatives.

This paper analyses the experience of the EPS@ISEP students regarding the use of microcontroller based platforms in the development of engineering capstone projects, and proposes possible future hardware/software alternatives, both from the technical and pedagogical perspectives.
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title = {DEVELOPING SKILLS IN ENGINEERING CAPSTONE PROJECTS WITH LOW-COST MICROCONTROLLER SOLUTIONS: THE EPS@ISEP EXPERIENCE},
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P. Ferreira, B. Malheiro, M. Silva, J. Justo, P. Guedes, A. Duarte, C. Ribeiro (2019) DEVELOPING SKILLS IN ENGINEERING CAPSTONE PROJECTS WITH LOW-COST MICROCONTROLLER SOLUTIONS: THE EPS@ISEP EXPERIENCE, EDULEARN19 Proceedings, pp. 5930-5933.
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