MIRI: The Sarawak Skills here kicked off a two-day Arduino Skills Programme (Program Kemahiran Arduino) on Wednesday (Jan 19).
The programme is an important initiative to create interest on Industry Revolution 4.0 among secondary school students.
Ten secondary schools are taking part, and the launch was officiated by Ripin Lamat, the state Assistant Minister of Youth, Sport and Entrepreneur Development II (Entrepreneur Development).
Also present was Hallman Sabri, the executive director of Sarawak Skills Development Centre.
Themed, “It’s not about the ideas. It’s about making ideas happen”, the programme is sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Entrepreneur Development.
“The objective of the programme is to introduce the sensors and Arduino Mega Microcontroller Board Motor used, and instil in students an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM),” said Hallman.
“Sarawak Skills as a skills training provider, has always championed the importance of STEM, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in transforming the vibrant canvas of society, state and nation.
“With the digital economy and Industry Revolution 4.0 initiatives by the state government, this programme will nurture more interest among youths towards the technical fields.”
Meanwhile, Arduino board designs use a variety of microprocessors and controllers. The boards are equipped with sets of digital and analog input/output (I/O) pins that may be interfaced to various expansion boards (‘shields’) or breadboards (for prototyping) and other circuits.
The boards feature serial communications interfaces, including Universal Serial Bus (USB) on some models, which are also used for loading programmes.
Among the activities during the two days are Integrate LEDs and Buttons, Light Sensor and LED, Soil Moisture Sensor and Buzzer, Ultrasonic Sensor and Servo Motor, DHT11 Sensor and DC Motor, Mega Project Development and Presentation and Project Evaluation.