World Pendulum Alliance Workshop Using a constellations of pendulums in an immersive inquiry -based learning built on dimensional analysis

› Horácio Fernandes, IST, UL, (Univ. Madeira, 14:00/16:00, June 11)

In this workshop an alternative approach to the finding of the pendulum equations is foreseen instead of simply presenting established facts or portraying a path to general knowledge. Based on a constellation of remote controlled pendulums build on the World Pendulum Alliance – a federated initiative of several universities – it is demonstrated how to deduce the simple pendulum equation based on the diversity of measurements made available.
The workshop should resume the possible approaches to the learning process, raising the most relevant issues in relation to the model obtained by dimensional analysis of the pendulum equations. The activity is expected to introduce reasonable questions and explore how students shall improve their attitude to physics experimentation and posing a critical behaviour to laboratory questions.

Guidelines for Assignments Using Remote and Virtual Labs: Building the Instructional Framework

› Susan Zvacek, Consultant, USA, (Univ. Madeira, 16:00/18:00, June 11)

Do your engineering students participate in lab work?  Are you interested in using online experimentation for those learning activities?  This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about and provide input on a new framework, in draft format, that can serve as a template for designing learning activities in the lab environment.  These guidelines are based on validated instructional design processes and are aligned with accreditation criteria for engineering education programs, but they are in need of polishing.  Although the framework was built with remote and virtual labs in mind, feedback is welcome from anyone who has taught in a lab setting – or who has even done lab activities as a student.   You’ll leave with the guidelines in hand — as they are and what they become during the workshop. (Please note that this workshop is about teaching, not technical specifications for online experimentation.)

Introduction to PILAR as VISIR federation and Multiplier event of the PILAR Project

› Felix Garcia-Loro (UNED, Spain), Manuel Castro (UNED, Spain), Wlodek Kulesza (BTH, Sweden), Susana Marchisio (UNR, Argentina), Federico Lerro (UNR, Argentina), (Univ. Madeira, 16:00/18:00, June 11)

Internals and full access to the PILAR Federation Workshop

› Felix Garcia-Loro (UNED, Spain), Manuel Castro (UNED, Spain), Wlodek Kulesza (BTH, Sweden), Susana Marchisio (UNR, Argentina), Federico Lerro (UNR, Argentina), (Univ. Madeira, 18:00/19:00, June 11)

Real-Time Air Quality Monitoring via an Online Platform Supported by Low-Cost Nanosensors

› Esther Hontañón (ITFI-CSIC, Spain), Filipe Araújo (CISUC-DEI-UC, Portugal), Jesús Lozano (EII-UEx, Spain), Philippe Menini (LAAS-CNRS, UPS-T3, France), Lionel Presmanes (CIRIMAT UMR CNRS 5085, UPS-T3, France), (Portuguese Engineers Order – Madeira Region, R. Conde Carvalhal, 23, Funchal, 18:00-19:30, June 11)

Abstract—Air quality is a very important and actual worldwide issue that has been considered in recent years by governments, companies, environmental associations and society in general. In particular, the European Commission has defined a Clean Air Programme for Europe (EC COM 918, 2013), which incentives the EU member states to develop and implement air quality management plans to ensure the EU directives for air quality (Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC, 2008), until 2020. Furthermore, the latest air quality reports of the European Environment Agency (EEA, Air quality in Europe, 2016 and 2018) show that the indicators of various contaminants (i.e. PM10, PM2.5, NO2, O3) in the air exceeded the limit and target values established by the EU, in several regions of the European Union. In this context, the ongoing SUDOE NanoSen-AQM project aims to develop and validate an air quality monitoring system using an online platform supported by low-cost nanosensors, providing a system where data is accessible to the public by a mobile application and pollution alerts can be generated based on the prediction generated by machine learning methodologies. This workshop includes the presentation of the main objectives of the NanoSen-AQM project and the main current achievements in the development of nanosensors, the electronic components, the online platform based on a cloud system and the mobile application, followed by demonstrations of the current prototypes. It is expected that these presentations could promote the discussion about the use of this system in different scenarios and the possibility of incorporating data from other existent sensors of environmental monitoring systems.

Image Processing with Raspberry PI Pocket Labs

› (Thomas Klinger, Andreas Pester, Christian Madritsch, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)) (Univ. Madeira, Friday 8:00/9:00, June 14)

The Raspberry PI is a single-board microcomputer with a Linux operating system and the possibility to connect with a high-resolution camera. Due to its compactness, students can take it with them, finish their exercises at home, later return to the University, and present their results.
In this workshop, we are going to present the Raspberry PI as a compact, easy to use image processing system for education. The algorithms and programs will be created with the Python 3 programming language and the open-source image processing library OpenCV version 4. Participants of the workshop will create a short program that is able to detect faces in images. The program will use the Viola-Jones algorithm, which is based on methods as Haar features, integral images, Adaboost, and cascading. Additionally, if there is remaining time, the same algorithm can be used to detect also the eyes in the previously detected faces.