Parallel Summer Schools in Greece “The Internet of Things … … in our hands” in Patras

Students, 14 to 16 years old, attended a summer school in Patras from the 25th to the 28th of June. This summer school was held in four different cities (Patras, Athens, Salonica and Larissa) at the same time. Their common subject was the promotion of UMI technologies through the teaching of a simple scenario: “The Internet of Things in our hands”. This was done in an interdisciplinary environment with the use of Science Studies, Computer Studies and Mathematics STEM. This summer school started with a video conference of the four participant cities trying to turn on a light bulb that was in the 2nd Vocational Lyceum (EPAL) in Agrinio.

Every day of this summer school event started with an enjoyable word puzzle. Students were separated in groups and one student from each group was trying to guess a word relating to the material taught on the previous day depending on the description that all the other students gave him/her. The group that found most of the words was the winning group. At the end of each day students uploaded their assignments on an electronic platform

On the first day, Monday 25 of June, students attended a seminar on the UMI technologies and how they can improve our everyday life. They searched for information about “Internet of Things” on the internet and they discussed about it and about recycling as well.

On Tuesday, 26 of June students did more practical things like making circuits with electrical resistances, LED, switches and batteries and watched how they work. Then they connected a circuit to UDOO NEO and observed how they can operate it through this device. This day finished with the construction of a circuit with an ultra-sound sensor. Using an UDOO NEO program students measured several distances in the lab.

Wednesday, 27 June was the peak of this summer school as the students used the above circuit to make the procedure of collecting rubbish automatic. They put an ultra-sound sensor on the lid of a rubbish bin and they could check when the bin was full. When it was full a red light turned on whereas when it was empty a green light was on. These signals were sent to ThingSpeak platform and students could watch them either on the platform or through their cell phone apps.

On Thursday, 28 June students adjusted the ThingSpeak platform so that it can send tweets to the rubbish collector in charge when the rubbish bin would be almost full. After this, a discussion was held on the advantages – disadvantages of the above procedure and possible use of it in other fields.
The day and the whole summer school event was finished with a videoconference with the other participant cities where you could realise the students enthusiasm about the summer school and the new technologies they were acquainted with.

A video conference of the participant cities on the last day of Summer School