Project Arduino is Thales Group’s very own university competition. Now in its fifth year running, this international competition challenges students to find the most innovative and creative use of an Arduino to create their own project based on Thales technology. (Arduino is an electronics prototyping platform based on easy to use hardware and software)
Project Arduino offers students the opportunity to discover Thales and the markets we are present in, learn new skills, meet new people and work in diverse teams, as well as win some exciting prizes! It aims at inspiring students to take up a career in the technology and engineering fields.
Candidates are taught how to use and program an Arduino (an electronics prototyping platform based on easy to use hardware and software) by Thales engineers during the workshop sessions held at the universities, and are then given three weeks to create an innovative project that is aligned to Thales’s markets using the Arduino, and produce a creative video of their solution.
A winning team will be selected from each country to go to the final round – the public vote. The prize for the Global Winners is a trip to a Thales Research Centre or Innovation Hub of their choice in any of the countries participating in Project Arduino.
For the first time Project Arduino hit Australia this year with five universities participating.
The University of Technology Sydney kicked off the Australian leg this week. A team of Thales engineers, led a group of 18 students from UTS through the competition rules, and a few exercises on how to use an Arduino. The students, who are studying a range of engineering related subjects, including software, electronics, mechatronics and mechanical engineering, participated with enthusiasm, and clearly have their eyes on the global prize, and we are looking forward to seeing what they can come up with.
Other universities competitions held in Australia:
- University of New South Wales
- Sydney University
- University of Western Australia
- RMIT – Melbourne
And the feedback was fantastic: “It was a great session with everyone really engaged, the students really responded to the enthusiasm our team displayed”
The winner will be announced soon!