The Memory of Arduino Day

Arduino Day is always a unique event that is well-known and celebrated around the world. TME Education celebrates it every year by co-organizing a lot of events and being the largest co-organizer in Africa. This year wasn’t different: we managed to set up 21 events in 18 African countries and in India. Learning, fun and integration - these were the leading principles that guided us while celebrating that event, gathering plenty of students and participants.

The event took place on March 25 and gathered hundreds of attendees. In Mozambique, the event provided an excellent platform for participants to learn, put the knowledge into practice and explore the possibilities of Arduino and its applications in various fields. Over 50 participants took part, including students, educators, engineers, and enthusiasts from various fields and backgrounds. In Tanzania, in preparation for Arduino Day, we conducted a week-long training session to get students ready for the event. Students also divided into groups and created ideas for the best project based on the knowledge they had acquired. The interested ones who came from various educational institutions were given guidance on project selection, design, and implementation. Finally, they were able to produce high-quality projects that demonstrated their practical skills in electronics and programming.

In Nigeria, the event’s speakers focused on Open Source technology. The highlight of the day was the presentation of accomplishments. Participants were very curious about seeing and presenting them and at the end prizes and certificates were awarded. Practical workshops were also available, during which volunteers, under the supervision of qualified teachers, were able to learn how to implement ideas using e.g. Arduino. Provided food and drinks allowed the participants to work comfortably and exchange their ideas for long hours.

Other examples of interesting ways to celebrate Arduino Day 2023 were, among others, working on projects with training activities with the TME Education Club in KNUST. Projects worked on include the Arduino wireless quiz score keeping system with buzzer and IoT smart home powered by Arduino IoT Cloud. On the other hand, at Zetech University, Kenya, there were over one hundred participants, three speakers and six exhibitors also accompanied by the University staff. In Burundi, the event took place at the Gitega University of Technology and was attended by the vice chancellor. The activities included such attractions as project presentations, TME Education ambassador and vice chancellor's speeches, certificate distribution, sharing a birthday cake, a quiz with prizes and a commemorative photo session.

The previously mentioned examples were but some of the events we conducted on the occasion of that festive day. We were co-organizers of Arduino Day 2023 in: Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ghana, India, Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Arduino Day 2023 provided us with a lot of fun, but also had a huge educational value. We can't wait for the next year’s edition!

Kacper Stawiany, TME Education Team