During the week of 15 November, SHBS students embarked on a range of intensive inquiry- and project-based learning programs that took them out of traditional classrooms and into the amazing city they call home. For this second year of Building Shanghai, the program theme is sustainability-- what’s required to confront our global climate emergency to continue thriving in the future.
Every group explored an essential aspect of Shanghai’s economy and culture, with a focus on how innovation, conservation, and adaptation can address pressing environmental concerns—with topics including Ecological Diversity, Sustainable Fashion, Modern Agriculture and Organic Agriculture, Green Energy, The Fate of Garbage, Hospitality and Tourism, Environmental Ethics of Art, and The Cost of Money: can e-currency be green?
Let’s take a look at the brief report brought by the IOT group.
On the first day, the group focused on learning the necessary background knowledge. In the morning, all students had a preliminary discussion on the changes in all aspects of society in this IT era, and then Mr. Zhang showed us a few related cutting-edge videos. By summarizing what they had learned and comparing it with their previous discussions, students gained a deeper understanding of cutting-edge fields such as information art interaction, Internet of Things and industry 4.0.
In the afternoon, students began to learn knowledge on basic programming and hardware circuit. Usually, many electronic components are used in this learning process, but this time, we completed the simulation of the circuit and code test function on tinkerCAD platform. At the same time, students really enjoyed the efficiency and convenience of paperless learning brought by the cutting-edge technology.
In the evening, students continued to learn more knowledge on intelligent hardware through a UCI(University of California, Irvine) online course on Coursera and completed a test.
"Can machines think?" Today, as we get closer to realizing Turing's assertion, the question that Turing alluded to in 1950 resonates again.
To find the answer to Turing's question, we stepped into the 'Book of Sand' AI-Art show held by Aiiiii Art Center and Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab, established in 2021 and affiliated to College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University.
During the visit in Ai-Art Center, we started to meditate on how algorithm, big data and neural network have their reflection on the artistic visualization and expression.
After getting back to school, students analyzed how the contemporary avant-garde works of art in the exhibition interacted with various computer technologies, and broadened their understanding of the possibilities of artistic creation in the digital age.
On the third day, we returned to the core theme of this week: Sustainable campus life brought by modern technology -- intelligent transformation of campus IoT. We planned to make a prototype Internet of Things socket that could theoretically connect any traditional electrical equipment of the school to the campus network and make remote control come true.
Before starting the project, students analyzed their learning these two days and completed the mind map on product design.
Kay and Louis, who were mainly responsible for technical support, completed the circuit construction and preliminary code design in the afternoon.
Next came the long process of prototyping. During this period, students needed to apply knowledge of electronic circuits, open source hardware programming, network communication, etc.
Finally, by the end of the third day, we had roughly implemented the basic features of the prototype. However, even as a prototype, our IOT smart socket still needed to be adjusted and improved.
We were divided into two groups: The hardware test group completed the IoT intelligent prototype, and the copywriting group which was supposed be responsible for making summary and presentation on the 5th day finished designing the posters and ppt.
On the fifth day, after debugging the hardware equipment and placing the posters, we explained to each visitor with confidence and enthusiasm and showed the results of the investigation, research and development done by the whole team during the week.
Although the 2021 Building Shanghai week was over, we will keep going further. Next, we will continue to optimize and improve our IoT intelligent system, and on behalf of our school, we will attend various maker exhibitions to communicate and share with school communities in other countries or regions.