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.
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.
Breadboarding – Student Answer Booklet – You will be given this.
DON’T lose it as it is used for marking purposes.
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
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
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.
Making the Circuit Board – DipTrace
Using DipTrace – Library Setup
Making the Schematic for the Useless Box
Making a PCB layout – setting up the program for use
Making the PCB for the Useless box
Inventor – Making the base for the Useless Box
Part 1 – Intro to Inventor
Part 2 – Making screw holes
Part 3 – Making the servo Bracket
Part 4 – Making the hole for the Servo
Part 5 – Making the hole for the switch
Inventor – Making the Top for the Useless Box
Part 1 – Outside shell and screw holes
Part 2 – Adding a hole for the lid
Part 3 – Adding the screw hole for the lid
Part 4 – Making a hole for the switch
Part 5 – Hook for the Lid
Part 6 – Making the lid
Part 7 – Finishing the lid
VEX IQ Autonomous Challenge
Control System User Guide (As reference)
Armbot IQ Build Instructions(as reference)
Pairing the Controller/Brain
Downloading the Firmware (Robotc)
Opening a sample program (Robotc)
Downloading your first Program (Robotc)