Curtin Malaysia empowers local students with Tinkercad workshops

Miri, Sarawak – 3 July 2024 – Curtin University Malaysia’s Electrical and Electronic Department recently held workshops for students of Kolej Komuniti Miri and iCATS Miri as part of the university’s knowledge transfer programme. These hands-on sessions provided invaluable training in 3D object modelling and microcontroller coding using Tinkercad.

With over fifty enthusiastic participants from both institutions, the workshops were a resounding success. Attendees learned how to create accounts, design 3D models, and code microcontrollers, leaving them inspired and eager to recommend Tinkercad to their peers.

Dr. Chew Ing Ming, Programme Coordinator of the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) at Curtin Malaysia, highlighted the significance of these workshops. “Our goal is to spark interest in design projects through interactive software. Tinkercad allows users to seamlessly create 3D models and microcontroller schematics, bridging the gap between virtual designs and real-world applications,” he said.

The workshops offered participants hands-on opportunities to tackle common issues in 3D model design and electrical wiring. Dr. Chew emphasised the benefits of online-based engineering design, noting that it facilitates virtual collaboration and allows instructors to monitor progress without the need for physical submissions.

Pang Po Ken, a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, praised the workshop’s impact on student learning. “Interactive workshops like this accelerate the learning process and unlock potential, preparing participants for future careers. Tinkercad is an excellent platform for those interested in creating projects with microcontrollers like Arduino and Micro-Bit,” he remarked.

The workshops focused on three core elements: designing 3D models, electrical wiring and coding, and submitting class assignment plans. Facilitators provided step-by-step instructions and hands-on assistance to ensure participants were on track, fostering an engaging and supportive learning environment.

These initiatives underscore Curtin Malaysia’s commitment to enhancing technical skills and fostering innovation in local educational institutions. As technology continues to evolve, such workshops are vital in equipping the next generation with the tools and knowledge needed for success.

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(Seated from left) Pang Po Ken, Dr Chew Ing Ming, iCATS Miri Chief Executive Ts Syuhaira Mohd Zin, Head of Programme Ts Paran Jonly with workshop participants.

Dr Chew guiding workshop participants in designing projects using Tinkercad for 3D model design and microcontroller coding

Facilitator Dr. Chew Ing Ming (seated front row, right) posted a group photo with student participants during the workshop