Add IoT connectivity to your existing MCU courses with the latest, easy-to-use tools


Preparing students to design for the Internet of Things (IoT) has never been easier, only requiring small changes to the way engineering concepts are taught today. Everything you need is now readily available to facilitate a host of timely, relevant wireless applications and it's never too early to start incorporating into your lab exercises. As TI colleague Avner Goren is fond of saying, “The Internet of Things is being designed, architected and imagined as you read this.”

If you’re an educator or engineering student, you could get a free CC3100BOOST-CC31XXEMUBOOST-EXP430F5529LP*. The first 100 educators or engineering students to request a free evaluation kit to be used for educational purposes will receive one from TI.

Apply today!

Quickly preparing students to develop IoT systems is as simple as building on top of existing teaching methodologies, expanding foundational courses to incorporate the latest ideas and methods. Low-cost tools, easy-to-use software and readily available examples all make the job of teaching wireless connectivity easier, enabling students to explore low power, high integration, easy cloud connectivity and fast design time much earlier in their academic career. This, of course, does not preclude courses and topics in RF and networking for those wanting to gain deeper expertise.

Through TI’s LaunchPad ecosystem, educators can incorporate key facets of IoT system development into existing embedded systems and microcontroller labs simply by adding new exercises today. You don't even have to wait for the new semester to begin. The new SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® CC3100 BoosterPack provides an easy way to add Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity to both the MSP430F5529 USB LaunchPad and the TM4C Series LaunchPad Evaluation Kit. To help you get started in your course development TI is offering 100 free CC3100BOOST-CC31XXEMUBOOST-EXP430F5529LP kits for course development*. Apply today! Offer expires October 15, 2014.

You'll have your hardware, your software and here are some inspiring examples that are ready today for you to incorporate into your course and share with your students:

 In his Embedded Systems class, Jon Valvano, ECE Professor at UT Austin, using the TM4C Series LaunchPad with SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® CC3100BoosterPack has created an IEEE802.11 lab where one microcontroller collects data, and a second microcontroller displays the data transmitted across a wireless network using UDP packets. Details, code example and lab exercise write up are available in his article: How and Why To Teach Wireless Connectivity in Embedded Systems Classes.

 Using the MSP430F5529 USB LaunchPad Evaluation Kit coupled with the SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® CC3100 BoosterPack, our TI LaunchPad team has developed a cool application using Twitter, whereby students can quickly experience how a sensor network operates, importing data to monitor positive or negative sentiments. This novel application “listens” to Twitter via IBM's Node-RED, an open-source, visual programming tool, which provides the cloud component of the system.  Details are available in this article: Listen in on Twitter via MQTT with TI’s new Wi-Fi® BoosterPack bundle

With these resources available, there is no reason to wait. Give your LaunchPad a Wi-Fi boost.

*Offer expires October 15, 2014. This offer is limited to the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), or Mexico (collectively the “Territory”). Offer is avilable only to educators and students. Students must be registered as a full- or part-time graduate or undergraduate student in engineering, in each case, at an accredited college or university with an engineering school in the Territory in order to be eligible to participate. Limited to one free CC3100BOOST-CC31XXEMUBOOST-EXP430F5529LP per person while supplies last. Limited quantities available. TI reserves the right to make revisions to, cancel or suspend this offer at any time.

  • Bring one of these promotions to Europe :p

    I want to bring CC3200 or CC3100 to my robotics club

  • Hi Cathy sorry, there is a small issue i just saw the promoted link on a website today, but it seems this was published time ago :S is there still boards available?

  • Hello Luis Afonso thank you for your interest in the promotion.  We are looking at ways we may be able to support it in EMEA at a future time.  If you are a student, you may be interested in our design competition.  Keep your eye on this page e2e.ti.com/.../2263.innovation-challenge-europe.aspx for the EMEA edition of the competition.  There are benefits listed that may help your project w/ your robotics club.

  • Hello Cristian Delgado thanks for your interest in our promotion of the IoT solutions from TI.  Yes our promotion is still open, please click on the link above.  We look forward to receiving your application.

  • Please I have put in my application, when will I get the page to introduce it to my students in instrumentation engineering. Thank you and I hope to hear from you.

  • Hi Isaac. Thank you for your interest in the CC3100 BoosterPack. We're still making our way through all of the inquiries. We will be in touch by next week. Thank you! Kristin

  • Hi Cathy Wicks, What is needed or requirements to have a TI Innovation Challenge in my Country "Philippines".

  • Hello Markel Robregado – unfortunately there are no plans to extend the TIIC to the Philippines. You are however very welcome to upload your projects to TI’s student project repository at ti.com/studentprojects. For free IC’s we encourage you to take advantage of TI’s Sample Program. You can information at www.ti.com/univsamples

  • Hi Cathy, When the results of the request will be given ?, I see no longer available

  • hi cathy sorry! i applied for the free cc3100 boost. till now i didn't got any thing. But my local  fedex courier service provider told me that a parcel has came and returned back. could you please let me know that u have sent the parcel. I am from INDIA.