Electricians and electrical engineers alike are being taught to code by the electrical engineering program at UBC, which is the largest undergraduate engineering program in Canada.
But how can you get started?
The first step is to find out what it is you want to learn.
“The first thing you’re going to do is find a program,” said Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Daniel Bocken.
“Then you’ll start to work with it and you’ll learn what it’s all about.
If you have any questions, you can ask them to your teacher.””
What’s the most important thing that I want to know?” said UBC Electrical Engineering student Josh Jansen.”
I want to be able to program my computer to make the lights turn on and off,” he said.”
It doesn’t matter what your program is, it’s still going to be important.
You’re going be learning things.”
To find out more about the program and what it has to offer, visit the UBC website.
The course begins with a basic understanding of computer programming.
The next step is coding basics, which are followed by an introduction to data structures and algorithms.
“Data structures and mathematical algorithms are the basis of many programming languages,” said Jansen, who was an elective candidate in electrical engineering.
“So the next step in the course is to go over how to write and analyze algorithms in a way that you can understand and use them.”
In addition to programming, the program is focused on building tools, like the “programmable electronics” programmable computer, which will allow students to build electronics for different applications, including medical devices.
“One of the things that makes this course really interesting is that it is actually based on an actual hardware project that has been built in China,” said Bockens father, Daniel Boonen.
“When we started this course, we were thinking of what we want our students to do and we realized we would like them to be students, working with real people and not with a computer,” he added.
“We think that we have a lot of power in this country because of the universities and the people who are in the STEM fields.”