Development of Sensing and Programming Activities for Engineering Technology Pathways Using a Virtual Arduino Simulation Platform

Kuzlu M., Jovanovic V. M., Popescu O., Sarp S.

2023 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - The Harbor of Engineering: Education for 130 Years, ASEE 2023, Maryland, United States Of America, 25 - 28 June 2023 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Maryland
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: No


The Arduino platform has long been an efficient tool in teaching electrical engineering technology, electrical engineering, mechatronics, and computer science concepts in schools and universities and to introduce new learners to programming and microcontrollers. Numerous Arduino projects are widely available through the open-source community. They can help students have hands-on experience in building circuits and programming electronics with a wide variety of topics that can make learning electrical prototyping fun. However, the educational fields of electrical engineering and electrical engineering technology need continuous updating to keep up with the continuous evolution of the computer system. Although the traditional Arduino platform has proved to be an effective tool for teaching electrical engineering concepts for many years since its release, another tool has recently been introduced within the open-source community, a virtual simulation software for the Arduino platform that may provide more educational benefits. This paper discusses how using Arduino simulators can potentially engage K-12 students in a learning experience, which can further lead them to computer science, mechatronics, electrical engineering, and electrical engineering technology career pathways. The paper also presents sample Arduino projects showcased through readily available Arduino simulators.