Last week we held a presentation in Petnica's applied physics and electronics lab, the one we're supporting.
We already wrote about our support for the Applied Physics and Electronics lab. This time we participated in their summer seminar. The aim of the summer seminar is to expose high-school students to up-to-date developments and ideas from the field of electronics. It's like an incubator for future engineers. Students get the chance to perform scientific research and advance their knowledge beyond what's covered in the conventional high-school curriculum.
Aleksandar, our chief of Marketing set off the presentation by giving a broad overview of our company, our philosophy and our vision of the future of the Embedded industry. He finished off by introducing click boards and the mikroBUS™ pinout.
Then Dejan from our support staff took over and got down to the nitty-gritty with an introductory lecture about the communication protocols that constitute the mikroBUS™ pinout standard. The kids were quick to grasp the concepts as Dejan's presentation triggered a spontaneous brainstorming session which generated ideas for new clicks boards.
Without wasting time, they immediately started crafting their own click boards using PROTO click. The hands-on learning experience continued with EasyPIC v7 and our compilers. The enthusiasm was palpable.
Robert Noyce, inventor of the integrated circuit and Intel founder whose poster adorns one of our hallways, was once asked what would he do if he was Emperor - "...make sure we are preparing our next generation to flourish in a high-tech age. And that means education...," he said. In MikroElektronika we consider that as part of our mission. These kinds of lectures are just baby steps. We have a much larger vision concerning our role in education.