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Four weeks to go!

In just a few weeks we’ll be seeing you in Accra and Lome. Check out the poster, lovingly crafted by Frank and Mohamed. Get ready and we’ll see you soon!

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Prototype unit testing

 

Hello FSE!

When you’re working on a prototype, often you develop functions that you don’t want to lose as you continue changing the code. A way to protect your code base against such changes is by using unit tests.

Normally unit tests are tests of software which demonstrate that a given aspect – like a function, class or method – acts as it should. Unit tests run without human intervention – the same input is used to produce the same output, every time.

With robots it’s a bit more complicated, since they interact with the physical world. This means that there’s no way to produce exactly the same input every time. We’ve created tests for the FSE 2017 prototype which try to test the functionality of the robot as objectively as possible, though. This allows us to continue working on the robot in the background without worrying about things going wrong. Check out our demonstration!

Survey results are in

Thank you all for participating in the survey! It’s really motivating for us to see how you all are participating and we’re all growing into a big family 🙂

We’ve reviewed the answers you gave us in the survey we asked you to participate in recently. Here’s a quick summary of what you’ve asked for:

  • Videos in the tutorials
  • Software design, including object orientation and the use of functions
  • Website development
  • Hardware-software connections
  • Socket programming
  • Electronic circuit development
  • Motion capture

Please always feel free to share new ideas and new requests with us so that we can add it to our internal list.

We’re happy that we already implemented some of your requests, such as publishing additional material on the use of args and kwargs in functions. We also successfully started a WhatsApp group – if you’re not in there yet, please send us a request with your phone number and we’ll add you. Thanks so much for participating in this group so actively!

In the next month you can expect from us more material on object oriented programming and software design, as well as more videos. We can talk about some of the more specific wishes and how to implement them when we see you in December. It’s only a few more months now!

Thanks again for all your feedback. It’s inspired us and given us a lot of ideas for the next years and we’re really looking forward to continuing to build a knowledge base with you, now and going forward.

Keep innovating!

The team at FSE Europe,
Carmen, Frederic and Daniel

Hardware components used in 2017 project

Hi everyone, these are the items that were left at each of your schools last year. You can also use this list to order your own to work with at home if you like.

Salut les amis, ce sont les articles qui ont été laisses à chacune de vos écoles l’année dernière. Mais vous pouvez également utiliser cette liste pour commander votre propre équipement pour travailler avec chez vous si vous le souhaitez.

  • Raspberry Pi Zero + Adapter kit, including:
    • Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI adapter
    • Micro-B-to-female-A USB cable
    • 2×20 0.1” male GPIO header
    • The Raspberry Pi zero
  • Power supply
  • Raspberry Pi USB WiFi dongle
  • USB hub, which expands a single Universal Serial Bus port into several so that there are more ports available to connect.
  • Resistor 100 KOhm(for buttons)
  • Resistor 10 KOhm
  • SD card
  • Sensor Kit (breadboard, ultraschall, RGB led, active buzzer)
  • Kabel(20×3) Male – Male, Female – Male, Female – Female

PS: You can order everything on amazon.com or aliexpress.com
NB: Vous pouvez commander cela sur http://www.amazon.com ou http://www.aliexpress.com

Your opinion counts!

 

This month we will not provide a tutorial for you, instead we hope that you provide something for us: your feedback! Full Stack Embedded is now in its second year. We would love to know your highlights and what you wish for in future tutorials. To get a better insight into your current status, please fill in this short survey:

We would highly appreciate your opinion. This way we can prepare and develop the future for FSE together!

We will keep innovating!
The FSE crew

FSE has a new logo!

Thanks Kevin Kodjo for submitting the winning design. We’ve updated our webpage to use the new logo and are excited to show our identity with pictures made by you!

We received a lot of great entries. Here are the other winners:

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The other winning logos submitted by FSE participants.

We will be presenting the winners with their prizes when we return to West Africa in December this year. Thanks again to everybody who participated!