You might already know that my Arduino Tutorials have been professionally re-dubbed in Russian, and that they’ve been viewed over a million times. But did you know that they are being used to help build curriculums, and to teach people in educational programs around the world? In the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of being informed by a number of American and international viewers that they are using my videos to teach electrical engineering and programming concepts in programs on several continents. Here are just a few highlights:
Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO)
The Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has started the TAHMO project that aims to build 20,000 weather station in sub-Saharan Africa. In the context of this project they have organized a competition among African students to design a sensor that measures a hydrological or weather variable. Selected design teams were be sent a ‘Makers Package’ to build a prototype, including an Arduino starters kit. The package also includes a flash drive with educational materials, including copies of my Arduino tutorial videos.
St. Louis Hacker Scouts
The St. Louis Hacker Scouts (think Boy Scouts with an engineering twist), are going through my Arduino Tutorials as they learn about microcontrollers. In fact, their curriculum is co-sponsored by Blum Idea Labs, LLC., my engineering consultancy. Before their first meeting, the scouts worked through my introductory Arduino Tutorial video, so they were all familiar with me. Naturally, they were very surprised and excited when I showed up (via a personalized video message) at their first meeting. You can watch the video I recorded for them, here.
Mark Palmeri, a professor at Duke University has recently adopted the Arduino as the platform of choice for teaching his introductory medical instrumentation class. He’s using my open source materials and videos as an introduction for his class lab. He’s made all the information available on his website.