Friday, August 12, 2022

Hospitality and Tourism Management Conference - IoT and Automation


 Led by our research assistant Murchana, we supported our Pamplin MBA Program in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the 2022 Annual International CHRIE Summer Conference  August 3-6, 2022  at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.  

We featured a variety of examples of IoT automation including small Arduino shield and micro:bit Cyberbot robots and a smart mirror built with a Raspberry Pi processor, and also a variety of virtual experiences through Oculus headsets. We hoped to create discussions of the future of automation in the hospitality industry and graduate student and faculty perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes. 

Friday, August 5, 2022

Final Products and Presentations Day

 Photos from the last day with finished products (and many that were almost finished).  


Not directly related to the camp theme, one team decided to expand on the introductory LED exercises and build a scale model of a nearby traffic intersection (W. Broad Street and Haycock Road).







Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Days 3 and 4 - Project-based, design-driven inquiry



With many of our older high school interns present from DC Public Schools, Arlington Public Schools, and Fairfax County Public Schools, participants began deeper collaborations.  Some groups pursued a single prototype, and a few worked together on their individual projects. 
Rather than rely on valves, we ordered special 3V water pumps ($3.40 ea) at the request of many, and we look forward to functional prototypes soon.





Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Day 2 - designing and building IOT circuits with Arduino micro:bit microcontrollers

 After short status reports from each participant, we had an introduction to remote operation and monitoring simulated with serial print commands.  

Experienced participants used the micro:bit's built-in radios and Arduino bluetooth or wifi adaptors.  One team connected both types of microcontrollers using a Raspberry Pi microprocessor.

Other teams began exploring agricultural and environmental monitoring adaptations to familiar VEX, Parallax, Kiktronic, and other platforms int he Lab.



Monday, August 1, 2022

Camp Day 1 - Basic electronic circuits useful in ag and environmental monitoring

 In our first day we introduce IoT physical computing components such as sensors, indicators and other actuators, and bluetooth and wifi adaptors. And then we get participants brainstorming what they might build.  

Day 1 exercises are done with Arduino Uno R3's, with breadboards to attach LEDs.  We often begin with building and then programming a simple traffic light, and then add alarm buzzers (indicators), and other actuators such as doors, gates, and drive trains driven by servo motors.   






Friday, July 22, 2022

Three spots available for our remaining summer camp/workshop

Shareable link to our Summer 2022 camp registration:  https://bit.ly/VT-Summer2022


Three spots available for our remaining summer camp/workshop:


Urban Agricultural and Environmental Technologies with IoT (August 1-4)  - suggested ages - 14-18 (exceptions considered) 

      Participants will identify real-world, urban agriculture and environmental challenges or problems, research and model potential solutions, and then test and redesign prototypes.  A variety of materials will be complemented with electronics monitoring, sensors and actuators addressing agricultural and environmental needs. Support for county fair or science and engineering fair brainstorming is available. 


Proceed to https://bit.ly/VT-Summer2022 to register.  

Questions? Email STEM@vt.edu or call 571-4828298