Educator’s Toolkit: Exploring IoT Concepts through Engaging Projects

It is a 2-day workshop to introduce Internet of Things (IoT) technology and the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), a popular communication protocol for IoT devices. Participants will have a chance to develop simple IoT devices/prototypes to demonstrate the applications of IoT. Through the hands‐on project using an ESP microcontroller, participants can learn about Arduino coding, physics of various sensors, simple circuit and electronics, soldering skills and so on.

Course Details

Course Dates:
Currently not available.


2 days, 9am - 5pm

Who Should Attend

  • Adults who are interested in IoT and would like to learn more about IoT through hands-on projects
  • People who need to gain a general understanding of IoT technologies
  • Secondary school or high school teachers who teach skills to plan teaching programmes in their respective schools


  • Basic knowledge of computer, internet & websites
  • Optional: prior knowledge of Arduino coding/C++

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives
  • Describe and explain IoT technology
  • Describe and explain the working principle of MQTT protocol
  • Develop a simple project for remote control devices using ESP microcontroller, sensors and Arduino coding
  • Apply basic knowledge of circuits and electronics, as well as develop soldering skills
Day 1
  • Introduction to Internet of Things
  • Introduction to MQTT protocol
  • Introduction to Arduino IDE
  • Setting up the software prerequisites, libraries
  • Introduction to ESP8266 microcontroller and simple circuits
  • Setting up the hardware, sensors and circuit
  • Explanation of the code and practical exercise
Day 2
  • Setting up temperature and humidity sensors to ESP8266
  • Explanation of the code and practical exercise
  • Brainstorming a simple idea for prototyping development
  • Individual project development with facilitation
  • A short presentation of the prototype
  • Individual Project with presentation

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of prevailing 9% GST.



Lee Chee Huei
Senior Lecturer, SMT

Currently holding the designation of Senior Lecturer for the Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) cluster in SUTD, Chee Huei received his PhD (Physics) from Michigan Technological University in 2010 and MSc (Applied Physics) from University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2004. Prior to joining SUTD, Chee Huei worked as a postdoctoral research scholar at Michigan Tech. (December 2010 - October 2011) and Case Western Reserve University (November 2011 - December 2012).
Chee Huei joined SUTD in 2013. He has been involved in multiple pedagogical developments, especially technology-enabled teaching and learning. He has been experimenting with smart home IoT devices for more than 4 years. With this experience, he developed various IoT based hands-on activities and conducted basic IoT workshops for students. He also created several undergraduate research projects for students to explore applications of IoT technology.

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Kwan Wei Lek
Associate Head of Cluster for Undergraduate Programme and Outreach (SMT), Deputy Programme Director of campus

Wei Lek is currently a Senior Lecturer for the Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) cluster in SUTD where he concurrently holds the designations of Associate Head of Cluster for SMT and Deputy Programme Director of campusX. He received his PhD degree at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining SUTD, Wei Lek was a lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic for 7 years and an adjunct faculty at the Singapore Institute of Technology.
Wei Lek is an experienced educator in the field of IoT and product design. His teaching methods involve hands-on learning experiences where students can gain practical skills in designing and implementing IoT devices. Wei Lek is also an advocate for sustainable energy solutions and has deployed an IoT system in Thailand to measure the performance of a solar-powered lighting system, which demonstrates his dedication to using IoT for positive environmental impact.

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