Enabling students who are not primarily focused on technology to be proficient at building embedded-computing projects is the subject of a new case study from the Intel® Software Academic Program. A new graduate seminar in the UCLA Department of Film, TV, and Digital Media is pioneering work in 2015 that uses Intel® Galileo development boards and the Grove Starter Kit – IoT Edition, provided by Intel.

The compact, powerful, energy-efficient computing platform affords students an open-ended scope of potential projects. Coursework using the technology is designed to give participants the foundational knowledge they need to build IoT implementations using capabilities such as sensor-based interactions, spontaneously built narratives, and connectivity-focused digital projects.


This initiative is part of the work by Professor Stephen Mamber to expand the scope of technologies taught in the UCLA Cinema and Media Studies program. His recent comments exemplify the potential of this approach: “I think both the Galileo boards and the Grove sensor kits are quite fabulous, and the sensor kits especially I think will make it possible for fairly non-technical students to do interesting things.”

Work by students in the seminar, “Issues in Electronic Culture” will build on previous course experience that explored combining video with Arduino devices. Taking those concepts further is an example of the Intel Software Academic Program’s efforts to reach out to university programs beyond computer science and engineering, exploring the potential of the Internet of Things across disciplines, for a future of intelligent everything.

For more information on the Intel® Software Academic Program, please visit: https://software.intel.com/en-us/academic.

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