Students work in collaborative groups to code an Arduino vehicle (pre-created from a kit) which utilises its own ultrasonic sensor to determine obstacles and which will transport a sensor array provided on the Xkits donated by Thinxtra. The sensors on the Xkits include an accelerometer, light, temperature and pressure sensors. Each group will be provided with a 2m by 2m rover playground simulating a range of areas that could be found on a Martian surface including a dark spot (to test out the light sensor), a hot spot (to test out the temperature sensor), a seesaw slope (to test out the acceleration/speed of the vehicle) and mounds (to measure the angle of tilt).
Thinxtra, CSIRO, Microsoft and Charles Sturt Council were all industry participants contributing to the success of this project. Thinxtra is pleased to have helped the project come to fruition by providing development kits and free connectivity for the students to use, transmitting the data from the Mars Rovers to the Cloud utilising the publicly available Sigfox network already live in Adelaide.
Dr. Andrew Baker, Director at ScIoT: “Thinxtra and the Sigfox network have the world of IoT accessible to Australia’s next generation of innovators. The network enabled us to facilitate collaboration and real-world learning of a type that we couldn’t have even dreamt of just a few years ago.”
Anat Efron, Ecosystem Director ANZ at Thinxtra: ” We are lucky to have such creative and resourceful partners in our ecosystem such as ScIoT, and we are delighted to support educational initiatives like this one. Well done to the South Australia Department of Education for setting up such as complex and multi-disciplinary project and allowing students to practice the skills of the future such as IoT, renewable energy and sensor technology.”
Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things to improve business processes and people lives.
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by deploying the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services to enable the non-connected to connect.
Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Ltd, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years as well as the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian Government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards a more competitive economy.
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