Partnership Helps Bridge the IoT Education Gap by Providing Wisblock STEM OPEN-RAK Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Lab Sensor Kits to Students
Shenzhen, China, January 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — RAK Wireless Technology Co., Ltd. (RAK), pioneer of end-to-end LPWA solutions and IoT technology, today announces its partnership with One Planet Education Network to provide STEM OPEN-RAK Do-It-Yourself (DIY) lab sensor Wisblock kits to students. The mission is to bridge the digital divide by providing students around the world with easy-to-use kits that teach students real-world applications of IoT, with students deploying to their local communities for sustainable community development applications. Early applications would include the deployment of student-developed sensors for sustainable agriculture, climate change, and air quality monitoring.
The goal of the program is to build a global education network on IoT sensors and data analytics. The network allows students around the world to come together and gain hands-on experience building IoT devices and modules, sharing data across the globe with each other, and developing skills to improve their own communities through to the use of this powerful, versatile RAK technology, supported by OPEN education and research programs.
Students receive a kit with a variety of ready-to-build sensors and modules ranging from GPS trackers, CO2 gas, light sensors, temperature gauges, and humidity sensors. Students use these tools to analyze, store, and download information on everything from local air pollution information, community agriculture, school garden weather data, and more. Each individual has the opportunity to collaborate through our IoT data servers and share their data and research results with other student scientists around the world.
“We envision that this IoT program will empower students around the world to think creatively,” said Maria Hernández, electronics engineer and IoT education advocate at RAKwireless. “Two-thirds of today’s kids will end up working with technologies in fields that haven’t even seen the light of day yet. Applications applied by the IoT community are taking today’s tech-savvy students to through a more creative learning process, helping them think out-of-the-box about the many real-world issues we face as a society.Through these technology applications, we intend to inspire and prepare the future inventors, scientists, engineers and social scientists of our world who will need to use technology to solve the environmental issues and global challenges of today, and the problems of tomorrow that our young students will face.”
Using the WisBlock Modular IoT Development Kit, students start with an industrial-grade connector, allowing them to use the same component modules from rapid prototyping through testing to the final product. With the ready-to-use software blocks, it is simple to create an application to meet all the solution requirements. Teachers and students are also guided by OPEN-RAK-Helium-Ubidots partnership teams, instructional videos, online tutorials, curriculum, and professional development (PD) support.
“OPEN-RAKwireless has combined its talents to create a set of IoT products and support education programs that take STEM education to a new level,” said George Newman, Founder and CEO of OPEN. “Together, we have formed an educational IoT collaboration with fellow IoT industry-leading partners, Helium and Ubidots. Each member brings specialist expertise and complementary offerings, providing a diverse range of industrial-grade sensors built and programmed by students who can now be connected via an end-to-end network to a comprehensive data visualization and analysis platform. This not only provides a powerful and unique educational solution for schools around the world, but as we l envision, will enable students to apply their technology to solve many of our times’ environmental problems while preparing them for the technology-driven job market to come.
For more information on the partnership, please visit oneplaneteducation.com. To learn more about RAKwireless WisBlock modules, visit store.rakwireless.com/pages/wisblock
About RAK Wireless
RAKwireless is a multinational technology company established in June 2014. Based at Shenzhen, RAK is changing the IoT landscape by eliminating design complexity and accelerating time to market, for underserved and emerging markets, including open source and industrial communities. By creating easy-to-deploy solutions and modular IoT products, RAKwireless strives to grow a community of system integrators, developers, and IoT solution providers who are passionate about improving IoT solutions.
About One Planet Education Network (OPEN)
Founded in 1998, OPEN creates and manages STEM project-based learning (PPL) programs focused on local sustainable community development. Participating schools/universities, relevant government departments and NGO partners, OPEN’s interdisciplinary teams, and our IoT and related technology partners work together across borders on common real-world community development challenges.
OPEN’s products and services include project-based learning programs and international distance learning events that regularly connect students with other students and students and teach from top experts in their fields. Other offerings include OPEN-RAK IoT Sensor Network STEM+ Laboratories integrated into OPEN RAK-Helium Ubidots Networks; ESRI GIS digital mapping technologies; game-based learning content; webinar-based professional development for teachers and technicians. Other programs include series of interviews with scientists and experts – WhySci?, Women in Sci-Tech and Imcon International’s Backpack Internet connectivity platform “mobile classroom”.
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