To learn means to practice. To excel in some fields, especially electronics, besides acquiring theoretical knowledge, one has to gain experience. TME Education understands the demand for “hands-on experiments” approach and has developed several educational tools to enhance the efficiency of technical schooling.
To begin with.
The project was initiated in 2016 by Transfer Multisort Elektronik, a global distributor of electronic components located in Lodz, Poland. The initiative was created as a response to a lack of proper educational resources and know-how in rapidly developing regions like Africa, Asia or South America.
The programme aims to engage young electronics enthusiasts, bring up their innate talent and encourage them to find solutions to real-life problems by supporting them with specialised equipment and educational assistance. The core activities of TME Education involve close cooperation with technical schools of all levels, conducting training and providing all necessary support to create favourable teaching environment. In order to fulfil its mission, the project developed its self-designed educational tools that are meant to facilitate learning processes.
Let’s get started.
The first solution introduced by TME Education was TME Edu Kit. Based on Arduino Uno, this solution is mostly addressed to beginners but can also be utilised by more advanced learners. Its compact design and integrated peripherals make the first encounter with programming more approachable. To start working with the board it is enough to plug it to a computer and download a free development environment from Arduino’s website.
TME-EDU-ARD-1 is equipped with several peripherals like LEDs (including RGB LED), pushbuttons – and an LCD. After mastering the control over those basic components, the student can use them in more advanced projects and read out measurements from temperature and light sensors provided on the board. The resistance can be monitored with a potentiometer mounted on the PCB and a buzzer can, for example, inform about extreme values reached in an experiment.
It is also possible to plug in external components to the built-in analogue and digital pins. Moreover, the board can be controlled remotely due to its Bluetooth functionality. Soon TME Education will launch a mobile application that will enable users to control the board with a smartphone.
TME-EDU-ARD-1 proved itself a highly efficient and intuitive tool during multiple workshops conducted in countries like Tanzania, Malawi or Uganda. It was also used during the international Arduino Day and gathered positive feedback both from students and teachers. The board received appreciation from the Institute of Electronics at Lodz University of Technology as well.
Soon TME Education will introduce TME-EDU-ARD-2, which will be enriched by addressable RGB LEDs, OLED display, microphone, IR receiver, 7-segment led display and input/output port expander. This version will also be available for sale.
Take it to another level.
Programming for beginners is just a part of TME Education’s offer. TME’s Electronics Experiments Kit is a solution designed for more advanced fans of electronics. The set is composed of over 300 elements, which allows the creation of several projects simultaneously.
A breadboard included in the kit allows unrestrained prototyping. Any project can also be soldered directly on the PCB board. The kit comes with a book with 8 exemplary experiments. However, it was designed in a way that leaves much space for the user’s or teacher’s creativity.
TME Education is constantly working on development of new learning solutions. Currently the project is on the verge of releasing a coursebook dedicated to basics of electronics. It will be issued along with a practical kit, which will enable “hands-on-experiments” classes.
All the kits and other solutions introduced by TME Education soon will be included in complex, long-term courses. A graduate of such training will be prepared to work with electronics or to choose a career as a programmer. Such qualifications open more job opportunities and boost the candidate’s competitiveness on the labour market and this is one of the major TME Education’s goals.