How to kick off a great semester with EFM32: AGH University of Science and Technology

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Have your spring classes started already? Are you excited about new lectures and learning materials? Engineering students at AGH University of Science and Technology (AGH) in Poland spent last semester learning power management in embedded systems not only by reading textbooks and listening to lectures but also by playing with EFM32 microcontroller (MCU) starter kits (STKs).

Using the EFM32 STK in class was initiated by Wojciech Gelmuda and Ireneusz Brzozowski, PhD students and researchers at AGH. Wojciech was familiar with the EFM32 MCU as he won the Energy Harvesting Challenge Competition hosted by element 14 with his project “Carbon Monoxide Detector,” equipped with the EFM32 MCU. Wojciech says: “I was about to start a class as a lecturer and wondered how I could teach students with real-life examples. As I had worked on a project based on the EFM32 MCU, I knew that its low power features will be a good example for students to learn energy saving techniques used in today’s electronic devices.”

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Students checking average energy consumption in the EFM32 software tool, Simplicity Studio

Wojciech contacted the Silicon Labs team to see if his class can benefit from the Silicon Labs university program. The Silicon Labs university program was developed for educational purposes to encourage learning and help institutions start their own MCU training programs. The institutions selected in the program can get teaching materials and discounted developments kits from Silicon Labs.

Wojciech’s class received 20 STKs from the university program, 12 kits for 27 full-time students and 9 kits for 22 part-time students. The students were allowed to take the STKs home after class to play with them as much as they wanted until the end of the semester. “By using the EFM32 STKs in class, our students could see how energy saving features are used in uCs and how to use them when writing application software. It is more effective to let them try and see what happens when I explain concepts of different sleep modes, hardware and software capabilities, and low power MCU architecture.” said Wojciech.

Do you want to use EFM32 STKs in your class? Apply for Silicon Labs university program here:  http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/pages/university-program.aspx

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