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Big Bangs, Fingerprints and Gummibaers – Day 3 and 4 (!) of 2019 FSE Workshop in Lomé

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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This is blue LED light. It turns blue. – Day 2 of 2019 FSE Workshop in Lomé

Day two of the 2019 FSE Workshop in Lomé is over and the students of École National Superieur d’Ingenieurs (ENSI) are one big step closer to their goal of building a fully functional park distance control prototype until the end of the week.

Today was all about getting the sensors to work. At the end of the day, each team was proud to present a working RGB LED, that could turn any color one fancies – even blue light.

Getting the ulrasonic range finder to work was a bit more difficult: Activating and switching between trigger and echo, calculating the distance from the signal return duration, averaging the measurements, … But the students showed great team work and overcame the obstacles.

Park me in, Scotty! – First Day of 2019 FSE Workshop in Lomé

Yesterday was the first day of the 3rd Fullstack Embedded Workshop in Lomé, Togo. At 1 PM, 15 students of the École National Superieur d’Ingenieurs (ENSI) eagerly awaited the first day of their three half day workshops.

Their goal until the end of the week: Build a fully functional park distance control prototype.
Their tools:

  • 1 Raspberry Pi
  • 1 cuostomized adapter board (FSE Developer Board, built by Frédéric)
  • 1 ultrasonic range finder
  • 1 RGB LED
  • 1 buzzer

The first day started with a hands-on crashcourse in Python programming followed by a dive into embedded software (controlling a buzzer and working with the FSE Development Board).

FSE Project 2019: Basura Smart Trash Can

The European members of Full Stack Embedded have once again joined their colleagues in Africa! Together, they will be putting on workshops at different universities to introduce and teach the 2019 FSE project: The Basura Smart Trash Can system.

Basura smart trash cans monitor how full they are, and can report when they need to be emptied. They can also be networked to allow for monitoring of a street, a neighborhood, or theoretically, a whole city. This project covers not only technical elements on a variety of devices, but will also give students experience in project planning, execution, and varification.

We are especially excited to be working on this project, because it was the participants of the FSE Workshops in 2017 in Accra who came up with the idea. We are also proud to say that some of those same men and women who were then learning and brainstorming students have now become the teachers of some of this year’s round of workshops.

Our Spanish speaking readers may also have noticed our clever name: “Basura” means “trash” in Spanish 😉

We hope you can make it to this year’s workshops! FSE will not only be at the universities we’ve visited in the past, namely in Accra, Ghana, and Lome, Togo: this year we will also be in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, Congo. We hope to see you there!

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FSE Students win prize for Most Outstanding Student in Engineering!

Congratulations to Nilson Mabika (@nilmab) and Luvick Otoka (@otokaluvick), who won the Ghana Tertiary Awards 2018 in the category of Engineering! Luvick and Nil were recognized for creating the noninvasive Glucometer and Pulse Oximeter.46523976_1924179147695289_7637527011451207680_n

The Ghana Tertiary Awards are given to university students with the potential to impact and change Ghana and its society for the better. We at FSE are honored to be working with Nil, Luvick, and many other driven, intelligent, and creative students who are using their skills and knowledge to create a better world.

Excellent job, guys! We are proud of you!

2 FSE members nominated for Most Outstanding Students in Engineering

We are so excited and proud to share that two students at the Accra Institute of Technology, who have been involved in FSE from the beginning, have been nominated by the Ghana Teriary Award in the category of Most Outstanding Students in Engineering! Nilson Mabika (@nilmab) and Luvick Otoka (@otokaluvick) have been recognized amongst thousands of students at Ghanain universities for their work  creating the noninvasive Glucometer and Pulse Oximeter. Screenshot_20181023-190657~3.png

The aim of the Ghana Teriary Award is to support students whose work has the potential to impact and change Ghana and its society. According to the GTA critera, each nominee has proven to be “a significant achievement holder, a change maker and one that demonstrates ethical and socially accepted principles.” We think that’s a pretty accurate description of Nil and Luvick, and we are so honored to be working with them!

They got to the nomination level with their hard work, but you can help them to win the award for Most Outstanding Students in Engineering! To cast your vote for Nil and Luvick, just text GTL18 to 1736!

 

AIT Robotics Club workshop at Pinnacle College

The AIT Robotics Club is at it again! After a successful seminar at Pinnacle College in Achimota on 9 July, 2018, the founder of the university was so impressed that called the Robotics Club members to come back to do a workshop with Pinnacle students on 14 July.

The Robotics Club members introduced the Parking Distance Controller system, also known as PDC, to the 10 students. During the workshop the students learned:

  • The basics of python programming and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program the Ultrasound Sensor using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program RGB LED using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program the buzzer using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program the PDC system using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller

The workshop participants were amazed to be able to program the various components! Students asked a lot of relevant questions that created a great dialog between the Robotics Club members and the workshop participants. We can’t wait to see what the Robotics Club will be up to next!

Here are some pictures of the workshop for you to enjoy. The whole album can be found here.

Expanding our FSE team in Europe

Full Stack Embedded is growing!

Thanks to our dedicated, ambitious team in Africa, FSE has not only been active in Ghana and Togo, but has even started to expand into new countries. This growth means that we will need some more members in our European team to keep up!

With that goal in mind, we’ve set up a group on Meetup.com to try to find like-minded people who are excited about the opportunities that modern tech offers to the world. Anyone who is interested in helping us with communications, planning, sponsorship, hacking, or teaching, or just wants to learn more about the work that FSE is doing, is welcome to join us. We’ll meet every two weeks to have some drinks and work on helping FSE expand and thrive. We hope to be introducing some new members of our team soon!

AIT Robotics Club July Seminar

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It’s been a busy year for the Robotics Club at Accra Institute of Technology! After successful robotics seminars at both the Sea View and Catonment campuses of AIT, the Club members have now reached out to work with students at a new university: Pinnacle College in Achimota.

The Robotics Club members introduced Full Stack Embedded’s Raspberry Pi Autonomous Car, also known affectionately as Alfred, to 30 students plus lecturers at Pinnacle College on 9 July. During the seminar, the students and lecturers:

  • Learned the basics of the Raspberry Pi microprocessor and how to use it
  • Learned about the RPi customer board and its various integrated circuits
  • Tested the ultrasound sensor by measuring distance
  • Controlled Alfred themselves on their phones

The seminar participants were amazed to be able to run a robot right from their phones! Both students and lecturers asked a lot of relevant questions that created a great dialog between the Robotics Club members and the seminar participants.

We at Full Stack Embedded are proud and excited to see the AIT Robotics Club taking agency over the skills they learned during our workshops last year, and bringing those skills to others in West Africa. Keep up the awesome work!

Here are some pictures of the seminar for you to enjoy: