Creating Passion for Electronic Design for STEM Students

Creating Passion for Electronic Design for STEM Students

Aug. 24, 2021
Upverter Modular Electronics Design helps high-school students earn certifications in engineering and robotics.

Making a good thing even better, Upverter Education, which was introduced in September of 2020 by Altium, a  printed circuit board (PCB) software company a free distance learning program to help STEM education, announced it's expanding.

The new Electronic Design Essential Program is aimed at high school teachers and covers topics including engineering and robotics. The guided courses can result in certification.

The idea is to introduce students to the field. "You can’t have a passion for something if you don’t know it exists!” explained Rea Callender, vice president of Altium Education, in a statement announcing the program. 

To enable this program an advanced Upverter Modular Electronic design was created in the summer of 2021. It focuses on modular board design and can help students delve deeper into the process of electronics design. They are also able to create hardware designs. 

Courses include:

  • Design Fundamentals
  • Circuits and Schematics
  • PCB Layout
  • PBC Manufacturing
  • Random Number Generator
  • Combinational Logic DOB Display
  • Modular Electronics Design
  • How to Build a Board in Upvert Modular
  • Your First Board-Portena Shield

As is the case with most educational initiatives, strategic partnerships help spread the word. Upverter Education is now a Google Classroom partner which enables many tools to be added to the website. 

First Robotics, which saw more than 679,00 students from 110 countries participate in FIRST programs, is also involved with the program as it's included in the competition's VIrtual Kit, which gives the teams access to curriculum and tools teaching electronics design.

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