Electronics/Robotic 9

Electronics/Robotics 9 is a course designed to introduce students to the world of electronics & robotics. The course is 1 term in length (approx 50hrs). The students will begin by breadboarding simple circuits and in doing so, learn what some of the more common components do. They will also be introduced to microprocessors using ARDUINO, where they will learn how to program as well. Once a number of labs are completed the students will build a circuit board and use a 3d printer to make a project.  

Once an introduction to electronics is complete, students will design a build a simple tethered robot that will require them to use a 3D printer and laser engraver.   

Electronics/Robotics 9 Outline 2017

Below you will find a number of resources and materials that will be used for the course. Also, look under Resources on the Electronics Drop Down Menu for additional information on electronics.

Beginner Breadboarding

Breadboarding – Student Answer Booklet – You will be given this.
DON’T lose it as it is used for marking purposes.

How to setup a power supply (youtube)
How to Breadboard (youtube)
Resistor/LED explaination (youtube)
Basic component explaination (youtube)

Lab #1 – How resistors works (more info..)
Lab #2 – Potentiometers (more info..)
Lab #3 – Photocells (more info..)
Lab #4 – Diodes (more info..)
Lab #5 – Capacitors (more info..)
Lab #6 – Transitors (more info..)
Lab #7 – Automatic Night Light
Lab #8 – Flashing Lights

Bonus Lab – 2 LED Decision Maker

Theory Component

Basic Electricity (voltage, resistance, current) – Powerpoint
Electronic Components – Powerpoint
Resistor Colour Code – Powerpoint
Resistor Colour Code – Assignment – See “Basic Electronics Tutorials” under the Electronics Resources Page for links to web resources on this theory for a more indepth understanding

Arduino Unit

Arduino Getting Started – An introduction
Arduino Lab #1 – Blink LED/RGB LED
Arduino Lab #2 – 5 LED Sequence/Call Function
Arduino Lab #3 – If statements and Variables

Useless Box Project

The Useless Box is a simple and fun little project that teaches students the various processes/stages of taking a project from conception to completion.  Students will breadboard the circuit, program an Arduino Nano to make the circuit work, create a printed circuit circuit board, design a case in Inventor, 3D print the case and finally assemble it all together to create a professional looking project.  See youtube video of it in action HERE.

Lantern Project

Students will design a small lantern and then cut it out on the Laser Engraver.  Once completed a small electronic circuit that fades different colours will be made and placed inside.

Drawing and Laser Cutting the Lantern
Getting Started in Illustrator
Tracing an Image
Transforming Objects (Move, Scale, etc)

Material cut settings
Focusing and Cutting

Making the Electronic Circuit Board
Making the Circuit Board

Circuit Board Holder using Autodesk Inventor
Intro to Inventor (youtube)
Making the holder – Part 1
Making the holder – Part 2
Making the holder – Part 3
Making the holder – Part 4
Making the holder – Part 5

3D Printing the Holder
Getting from Inventor to Tinkerine Suite
Setting up the 3D Printer/Printing

Finally Assembly of Project


The Sumobot project allows students to build a robot and a controller to make it move.  Students will use Inventor to design their robot and then print/cut it out on a a 3D printer or Laser cutter.