Day four of the 2019 FSE Workshop in Lomé is over and the students of École National Superieur d’Ingenieurs (ENSI) in Lomé reached their goal of building a park distance control prototype!

At the end of day three, the students were happy and proud to see their prototype working. After the students had worked in three groups on the different parts of the PDC, i.e. ultrasonic range sensor, RGB LED and buzzer, all parts came together in a big bang merge.

As with every big bang merge, the components did not work together right away – but with some team work and help of Frédéric, the issues could be addressed and solved. The students even stayed longer to get all the components working correctly. We were happy to see that they had dedicated to making their project successful!

Afterwards, this success was duly celebrated with warm, squashy Gummibaers.

Originally, the workshop was supposed to be composed of three half day sessions. But the students were eager to learn more and arranged with their professors to get another half day off of classes.

So on day four, Frédéric showed the students how to use KiCAD, a software with which they could plan their own Raspberry Pi developer board.

We also discussed how the students could spread their newly gained knowledge among the other students, by giving courses themselves. They dedicated to giving a course every three months.

Finally, we could also already discuss and brainstorm on the project for the next year: A “student attendance counter”, implemented with a new finger print sensor and the already learned LED and buzzer sensors. The idea came from ENSI’s deputy director, who volunteered to play the students “customer” and provide the functional requirements. So a first interview for requirement collection could already be planned!

For Frédéric and me, the week was a full success and we had fun working with the students. So we sincerely congratulate the following students on finishing the project:

  • ADJOLO Essobala James
  • BELEI Abiré Gisèle
  • DEGBE Yawovi David
  • Junior
  • KUAMOR Kokou Samuel
  • TCHANDAO Essowazam Honoré
  • TEVI Kokou Sévérin
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