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IoT for beginners with Seeed and Microsoft - Wio Terminal Starter Kit

Learn the basics of the Internet of Things with this free 12-week, 24-lesson curriculum from the Microsoft Cloud Advocates. Build prototypes of real-world IoT projects with Wio Terminal and compatible modules as you learn all about IoT whilst following the journey of food from farm to table. 

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    Learn the basics of the Internet of Things with this free 12-week, 24-lesson curriculum from the Microsoft Cloud Advocates. Build prototypes of real-world IoT projects as you learn all about IoT whilst following the journey of food from farm to table. 

    Azure Cloud Advocates at Microsoft are pleased to offer a 12-week, 24-lesson curriculum all about IoT basics. Each lesson includes pre- and post- lesson quizzes, written instructions to complete the lesson, a solution, an assignment, and more. Our project-based pedagogy allows you to learn while building, a proven way for new skills to 'stick'.

    You may also need the following parts:

    • ArduCam Mini 2MP Plus - OV2640
    • Headphones or other speakers with a 3.5mm jack, or a JST speaker such as:

    • Optional - microSD Card 16GB or less for testing image capture, along with a connector to use the SD card with your computer if you don't have one built-in. NOTE - the Wio Terminal only supports SD cards up to 16GB, it does not support higher capacities.

    Syllabus 

    Objectives and Expected Outcomes 

    There are 24 project-based lessons and that includes frequent quizzes. Students not only can learn the basic principles of IoT to build their first 'Hello World' IoT project, but they will also go through all projects covering the journey of food from farm to table, including farming, logistics, manufacturing, retail, and consumer - all popular industry areas for IoT devices.

    By the end of this series, students will build the following projects with Wio Terminal use in real-world:

    • A plant monitoring and watering system

    • A vehicle tracker

    • A smart factory setup to track and check food

    • A voice-controlled cooking timer 

    Students will also learn the basics of the Internet of Things including 

    • How to write device code

    • How to connect to the cloud

    • How to analyze telemetry and run AI on the edge.

    This kit is built with Wio Terminal. You can also choose the kit for Raspberry Pi 4. Each platform has its own upsides and downsides, and these are all covered in one of the initial lessons. Review that lesson to decide which hardware platform you are most interested in learning.

    24 hand-on lessons across 6 real-world projects

    Please visit GitHub Repository and have the full view of the course. 

    Every lesson contributes to one of 6 real-world projects. Each project is based on real-world hardware available to students and hobbyists. Each project looks into the specific project domain, providing relevant background knowledge in addition to getting hands on developing the solution.

    This allows students to think about their IoT solutions and learnings in the context of the kind of real-world problem that they might be asked to solve as an IoT developer. Students learn the 'why' of the solutions they are building and get an appreciation of the end-user.

    (Using a light sensor to control an LED)

    (Location tracking with Wio Terminal)

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    There are 24 Lessons in this curriculum 

     

    Project Name

    Concepts Taught

    Learning Objectives

    Linked Lesson

    01

    Getting started

    Introduction to IoT

    Learn the basic principles of IoT and the basic building blocks of IoT solutions such as sensors and cloud services whilst you are setting up your first IoT device

    Introduction to IoT

    02

    Getting started

    A deeper dive into IoT

    Learn more about the components of an IoT system, as well as microcontrollers and single-board computers

    A deeper dive into IoT

    03

    Getting started

    Interact with the physical world with sensors and actuators

    Learn about sensors to gather data from the physical world, and actuators to send feedback, whilst you build a nightlight

    Interact with the physical world with sensors and actuators

    04

    Getting started

    Connect your device to the Internet

    Learn about how to connect an IoT device to the Internet to send and receive messages by connecting your nightlight to an MQTT broker

    Connect your device to the Internet

    05

    Farm

    Predict plant growth

    Learn how to predict plant growth using temperature data captured by an IoT device

    Predict plant growth

    06

    Farm

    Detect soil moisture

    Learn how to detect soil moisture and calibrate a soil moisture sensor

    Detect soil moisture

    07

    Farm

    Automated plant watering

    Learn how to automate and time watering using a relay and MQTT

    Automated plant watering

    08

    Farm

    Migrate your plant to the cloud

    Learn about the cloud and cloud-hosted IoT services and how to connect your plant to one of these instead of a public MQTT broker

    Migrate your plant to the cloud

    09

    Farm

    Migrate your application logic to the cloud

    Learn about how you can write application logic in the cloud that responds to IoT messages

    Migrate your application logic to the cloud

    10

    Farm

    Keep your plant secure

    Learn about security with IoT and how to keep your plant secure with keys and certificates

    Keep your plant secure

    11

    Transport

    Location tracking

    Learn about GPS location tracking for IoT devices

    Location tracking

    12

    Transport

    Store location data

    Learn how to store IoT data to be visualized or analysed later

    Store location data

    13

    Transport

    Visualize location data

    Learn about visualizing location data on a map, and how maps represent the real 3d world in 2 dimensions

    Visualize location data

    14

    Transport

    Geofences

    Learn about geofences, and how they can be used to alert when vehicles in the supply chain are close to their destination

    Geofences

    15

    Manufacturing

    Train a fruit quality detector

    Learn about training an image classifier in the cloud to detect fruit quality

    Train a fruit quality detector

    16

    Manufacturing

    Check fruit quality from an IoT device

    Learn about using your fruit quality detector from an IoT device

    Check fruit quality from an IoT device

    17

    Manufacturing

    Run your fruit detector on the edge

    Learn about running your fruit detector on an IoT device on the edge

    Run your fruit detector on the edge

    18

    Manufacturing

    Trigger fruit quality detection from a sensor

    Learn about triggering fruit quality detection from a sensor

    Trigger fruit quality detection from a sensor

    19

    Retail

    Train a stock detector

    Learn how to use object detection to train a stock detector to count stock in a shop

    Train a stock detector

    20

    Retail

    Check stock from an IoT device

    Learn how to check stock from an IoT device using an object detection model

    Check stock from an IoT device

    21

    Consumer

    Recognize speech with an IoT device

    Learn how to recognize speech from an IoT device to build a smart timer

    Recognize speech with an IoT device

    22

    Consumer

    Understand language

    Learn how to understand sentences spoken to an IoT device

    Understand language

    23

    Consumer

    Set a timer and provide spoken feedback

    Learn how to set a timer on an IoT device and give spoken feedback on when the timer is set and when it finishes

    Set a timer and provide spoken feedback

    24

    Consumer

    Support multiple languages

    Learn how to support multiple languages, both being spoken to and the responses from your smart timer

    Support multiple languages

     

    Each lesson includes:

    • optional sketchnote

    • optional supplemental video

    • pre-lesson warmup quiz

    • written lesson

    • for project-based lessons, step-by-step guides on how to build the project

    • knowledge checks

    • a challenge

    • supplemental reading

    • assignment

    • post-lesson quiz

    Teaching and Learning Tips 

    For Teachers, we have included some suggestions on how to use this curriculum. If you would like to create your own lessons, we have also included a lesson template.

    For Students, to use this curriculum on their own, fork the entire repo and complete the exercises on your own, starting with a pre-lecture quiz, then reading the lecture and completing the rest of the activities. Please create the projects by comprehending the lessons rather than copying the solution code; however, that code is available in the /solutions folders in each project-oriented lesson. We also suggest you form a study group with friends and go through the content together. 

    For further study, we recommend Microsoft Learn.

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