In order to teach young women about IoT technology and careers, John Cusimano, aeSolutions VP of Industrial Cybersecurity, volunteered through an organization called TechGirlz to co-develop and instruct a workshop called, “The Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Devices”. In the workshop, students achieve a better understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT) through a hands-on activity to build a smart device, connect the device to the Internet, program the device and create a web page to monitor and control the device over the Internet. All within 3 hours!
“It was a lot of fun learning to use the Photon and then helping the students build and test a simple IoT device and application”, says John. “Of course, the workshop also discusses the importance of securing IoT devices to prevent authorized access and tampering”.
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Devices workshop curriculum is available through TechGirlz’ TechShopz in a Box™ program which provides free workshop plans, documents, and guides based on tried-and-true workshops. They make it easy for anyone, anywhere to run a hands-on workshop for middle school girls.
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TechGirlz is a nonprofit program of Creating IT Futures, a 501(c)3 nonprofit of CompTIA, that inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. TechGirlz is accomplishing its mission through the creation of free, fun, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, leaders and students.