Mapúa, MHSS include ‘Internet of Things’ in Senior High School curriculum

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Internet of Things is a technology where connection between different intelligent devices is enabled to make people's lives easier and more efficient.

Mapúa Institute of Technology, the biggest technological school in the country, will invest on the development of a curriculum on the Internet of Things (IoT), an emerging technology that is the network of smart things via Internet.

Malayan High School of Science, the wholly owned subsidiary of Mapúa, and Mapúa Senior High School will be offering a basic course on IoT for incoming Grade 12 students in 2017.

According to the dean of the School of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering, Engr. Alejandro H. Ballado Jr., Mapúa’s engagement in the field of IoT, be it for research, design, or instruction, is important to stay relevant in the digital age. He added that with the schools’ implementation, Mapúa and MHSS are already a trailblazer in the said technology.

“The IoT is becoming ever-present in our daily personal, societal, and business lives,” Dean Ballado said. “It is currently one of the leading technologies worldwide, if not the top technology, and it is expected to progressively develop in the coming years.”

Dean Ballado continued that according to reports, there will be 34 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015, and nearly six trillion dollars will be spent on IoT solutions in the next five years.

Internet of Things is an emerging technology that enables autonomous communication between intelligent devices that are sensitive to the presence of a person, enhancing one’s lifestyle. Today, IoT is present in a wide array of objects: personal gadgets, wearable devices, home entertainment, transportation systems, vehicles, industrial machines, office equipment, education tools, healthcare devices, environment monitoring, and many more.

The IoT technology spreads out into many branches and can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, electric clams in coastal waters, automobiles with built-in sensors, DNA analysis devices for environmental, food, and pathogen monitoring, or field operation devices that assist firefighters in search and rescue operations. These devices collect useful and relevant data then autonomously facilitates the flow of data with other devices—examples would include smart thermostat systems and washer/ dryers that use Wi-Fi connection for remote monitoring.

Engaging in research, design, and innovation in the field of IoT will continuously improve Mapúa’s capacity to tackle and solve recent and relevant issues in the field of engineering and technology, Dean Ballado shared. He added that this initiative will ensure Mapúa’s adequate exposure to the latest trends in the field of IoT.

Computer Engineering professor Meo Vincent Caya said that IoT will pave way for new levels of connectivity and learning methodologies, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) areas.

“The Internet of Things is a unique opportunity for students to learn about a wide range of advanced topics from wireless sensor networks to machine-to-machine technologies, to the Internet of Things and their applications,” Prof. Caya said. He added that Mapúa will be focusing on the fundamental or core areas of IoT.

Additionally, School of EECE professor Engr. Analyn Yumang shared that Mapúa and MHSS will give emphasis on the development of IoT products and services, which will include devices for sensing, actuation, processing, and communication.

“It will explain how science and technology have developed to enable the Internet of Things. It will also provide discussion on the impact of IoT on everyday lives,” she said.

Hands-on activities will be included to apply the concepts, while workshop trainings for professors who will handle the course will be conducted.

“IoT relates with many technologies, and fundamental comprehension is important to develop and enhance existing smart systems,” Prof. Yumang said. “Learning about the technologies, applications, and issues related to IoT and gaining critical know-how, our students will not only live and experience smarter cities but could also contribute to communities of tomorrow,” she concluded.