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How Engineering Students Learn While Sheltering in Place

With a Pocket Full of PSoCs, of Course!


In mid-March MIT closed their campus due to COVID-19 concerns. Professors and students had only a few days of notice.  Professor Steven Leeb did not waste any time putting together a remote series of lab exercises for his 6.115 Microcomputer Project Laboratory students for a revised take-home experience. 

Students were issued a variety of PSoC 4 and 5 kits to take home and emailed kit guides and take-home lab exercises. No datasheets needed, and practically no other parts. Everything necessary was in Creator and PSoC. Professor Leeb called the PSoC his “desert island part.” According to Professor Leeb, the final project results were spectacular! Judging by these videos, I agree. I have gathered a few of the student’s comments and links to their final project demonstrations below:

“Wanted to reach out and thank you for such a great semester! I came into 6.115 with little to no hardware experience: only soldered once before, never used an oscilloscope or multimeter or power supply, never used a breadboard or microcontroller, never read a datasheet, never used C, etc. Without a doubt, this has been the best class I've taken so far at MIT; not only have I felt like I grew and learned a lot (for example, doing this final project would have been a pipe dream a few months ago), but some of the best moments of this semester for me have been in 38-600, up late at night struggling with friends.”

“Thanks for providing such inspiration to all of us in this time of crisis.”

“Thank you for an unforgettable class experience, even despite the circumstances. 6.115 is easily the best class I have taken at MIT, and it's definitely inspired me to do more awesome projects with embedded systems.”

PSoC Rocks! … and so do You!


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It's really hard days for all of us, no matter whether you are working or studying. Because the Covid 19 impact can be seen at every places across the globe. Mostly we can say that the students are struggling to cope with the sudden change of educational system from the traditional one to this distance learning. I'm a web developer and currently working for a Tadbeer Dubai company. The office closed for an undisclosed period and currently I'm working from home, so, I can understand how it feels a sudden shift in working or studying nature.



Thank you for your comment. We are all doing the best we can during this challenging time.



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Due to covid-19 everything moving slowly 

About the Author
Patrick Kane is the director of the Cypress University Alliance Program. This program is dedicated to partnering with academia and universities to ensure that professors and students have access to the latest Cypress PSoC technology for use in education and research.