Abstract: Exposure to embedded systems is very important for engineering students these days, as almost all branches of engineering make use of embedded computing systems. Exposure to the embedded systems and hands-on learning is usually late in the curriculum if present, and may fail to arouse interest in the students about the subject and related systems. Introduction of Embedded Computing system course at first year level in engineering education helps develop interest in related systems and also help students chose their elective subjects effectively later in the four year engineering course to successfully achieve their intended goals and also give them the edge required to enter the industry with confidence. This paper describes an experience with the usage of embedded development kits at second and third-year levels and proposes the introduction of such a program at first-year level.

Keywords: embedded systems, UTLP, hands-on learning, first year BE.